How long do breast implants last?
Are you considering a breast augmentation but are concerned about the longevity of your new implants? Or maybe you’ve had breast implants for a while and are wondering if it’s time for a checkup. As a general rule, you may expect your breast augmentation surgery to last 10 years or longer, and many women want a change at that point for reasons other than implant concerns, such as changes in their body shape. Weight fluctuations, further births, and simply the passage of time due to gravity’s impact might cause breasts to seem different than they did shortly after surgery. This is true for women who have never had surgery before.
Is there a warranty on breast implants?
I always use the best breast implants, and our Mentor implants are backed by a 10-year warranty. This is significant because medical items, such as implants, might fail, and the maker must be willing to replace them if necessary.
Do my breast implants need to be replaced after ten years?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this topic; keep in mind that everyone is unique and may or may not require adjustment at different times. While some individuals may require a revision before the ten-year mark, we have known patients who have had their initial implants for decades.
What kinds of examinations should I undergo for my implants?
We actively encourage our patients to follow the standard breast examination routine that all women are required to follow, which includes monthly self-exams and annual mammograms (although always tells your provider you have implants and some screening clinics prefer ultrasound for women with implants). More information on mammograms can be found here.
Please seek medical assistance as soon as possible if you feel something is wrong.
What if I’m worried about my implants?
If you have any questions about your breast surgery outcomes, please contact your original surgeon, or myself if you had surgery here, for guidance on how to proceed. This may entail seeing your doctor and having an ultrasound or MRI scan to analyze the situation, which is required prior to any revision breast surgery.
How do I know whether I need my implants removed or replaced?
Implant rupture and capsular contracture are two complications that can occur after breast augmentation and necessitate implant removal revision surgery. As previously stated, now is the time to contact your initial surgeon or a qualified plastic surgeon for a second opinion.
If you are not experiencing any of the above symptoms but are unhappy with the appearance of your breast implants as a result of pregnancy, weight fluctuation, or general aging, you may want to consider implant removal, breast lift, or implant replacement surgery to restore your breasts to a more desirable shape and position.
How can I make my implants last as long as possible?
There are various precautions you may take to ensure that your implants last as long as possible, and it is critical that you follow your post-operative instructions carefully. The following are our top five recommendations:
1. Select your surgeon with diligence.
You should find a Plastic Surgeon that specializes in breast and body surgery for the finest results.
2. Return to exercise gradually following the surgery.
This is especially critical because returning to your regular exercise routine before the wounds have healed entirely will jeopardize your outcome.
3. Keep the braless appearance for special occasions only.
Despite the fact that you will appear and feel as if you can go braless (yeah! ), all breasts are subject to gravity, regardless of surgery. Wearing a supportive bra every day, especially when exercising, is critical.
4. Try to stay away from drastic weight changes.
Breast tissue might sag and lose suppleness as a result of weight increase. Maintaining a consistent weight within 5kg of your pre-surgery weight will aid in the preservation of the result.
5. Don’t get pregnant in the first 12 months.
Pregnancy shortly after surgery will have a negative impact on your breasts since the healing process will not be complete. Weight gain as a result of pregnancy can, of course, alter the appearance of your breasts.
Bayview Plastic Surgery
4700 Point Fosdick Dr NW #208,
Gig Harbor, WA 98335