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How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

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Key Takeaways:

  • Breast implants are not lifetime devices; they typically last between 10 to 20 years.
  • Advances in implant manufacturing and comprehensive FDA guidelines have improved the safety and tracking of breast implants.
  • Regular consultations with a board-certified plastic surgeon are essential to manage and monitor breast implants over time.

As a board-certified plastic surgeon in Tampa, FL, I frequently receive questions about the longevity of breast implants. Many of my patients are curious about how long they can expect their implants to last and what factors might influence their lifespan. It’s essential to understand that while breast implants are durable medical devices, they are not designed to last a lifetime.

Are Breast Implants Permanent?

Breast implants are not lifetime devices. Advances in medical technology have significantly improved the safety and durability of implants, but they will eventually need to be replaced. According to the FDA, breast implants typically last between 10 and 20 years. Various factors, including the type of implant, your body’s reaction, and lifestyle, can influence this timeframe.

What Influences the Lifespan of Breast Implants?

Several factors can affect how long breast implants last:

  • Implant Type: Silicone and saline implants have different properties that can influence their longevity. Silicone implants tend to feel more natural, but both types are subject to wear and tear over time.
  • Body Changes: Pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and aging can impact the appearance and feel of your implants, potentially necessitating replacement or adjustment.
  • Capsular Contracture: This condition, where scar tissue forms around the implant, can cause discomfort and changes in appearance, leading to the need for revision surgery.
  • Rupture or Leakage: Implants can rupture due to trauma or simply over time. Regular monitoring can help detect these issues early.

The Role of FDA Guidelines and New Recommendations

In October 2021, the FDA implemented new recommendations regarding breast implants. These guidelines were developed with input from surgeons, advocacy groups, and scientists to enhance patient safety and awareness. One significant update was the introduction of a black box warning on implants, indicating that they are not lifetime devices.

Patients are now provided with a comprehensive patient decision checklist, ensuring they are fully informed about the potential risks and benefits of breast implants. This checklist is part of a broader effort to improve transparency and patient education. Additionally, implant information is entered into a database, and patients are given tools, such as an app, to track their implants.

The Importance of Regular Check-Ups

Seeing a board-certified plastic surgeon for regular check-ups is crucial for monitoring the condition of your breast implants. During these visits, we can assess the integrity of the implants and discuss any changes you may have noticed. Regular imaging, such as MRI or ultrasound, can help detect issues like silent ruptures in silicone implants.

What to Expect if You Need a Replacement

If your implants need to be replaced, the process is similar to the initial augmentation surgery. During the procedure, we remove the old implants and insert new ones. The surgery can also address any changes in your breast tissue or shape. It’s an opportunity to update the size or type of implant if desired.

Enhancing Longevity and Maintenance

To maximize the lifespan of your breast implants, consider the following tips:

  • Maintain a Stable Weight: Significant weight changes can affect the appearance and positioning of your implants.
  • Follow Post-Surgery Care Instructions: Proper care after your initial surgery can help prevent complications.
  • Stay Informed: Keep track of new developments in breast implant technology and guidelines.

Final Thoughts

Understanding the lifespan of breast implants and the factors that influence their longevity is essential for anyone considering or already having implants. At Politis Plastic Surgery, we are committed to providing our patients with the information and support they need to make informed decisions about their breast health.

If you have any further questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.
Call us at: (813) 542 – 2587
Visit us: 5016 West Cypress Street, Suite 200, Tampa, FL 33607


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Effie Politis, MD

Effie Politis, MD, FACS of Politis Plastic Surgery brings both skill and a personalized approach to the care of her plastic surgery patients. She is board certified by
the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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