How long implants last?
How long do implants last? What is the duration? How often to Replace?
In general 10 years is a good rule of thumb for both saline and gel implants. However, if at 10 years you are happy with the look and feel of your saline implants then there is no need to do anything.
With Gel implants it is important to check the integrity of the implant, because a breakage of the implant is “silent” and can lead to an increase in capsular contracture. Implant replacement is often much easier than the initial surgery, my patients often go back to work the next day and take little to no pain medication. (Brian K. Reedy, MD, Columbus Plastic Surgeon)
How Long Do Breast Implants Last?
The bottom line is that you do not need to replace your implants unless you are having a problem. As a rule of thumb, saline implants last about 10 to 15 years and silicone gel implants about 20 to 25 years. (Susan D. Vasko, MD, FACS, Tampa Plastic Surgeon)
Advice re longevity of breast implants
Hi and thanks for your question. Whilst implant manufacturers routinely give a lifetime warranty against implant rupture, good advice is that as these are manmade devices at some point they are bound to fail.
A study reported a silent rupture rate of 10% of patients 10yrs post implantation. I advise my patients to check their implants regularly and get a scan at around 15yrs with a view to their replacement at the 15 yr point. (Sultan Hassan, MD, FRCS(Plast), Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon)
There is whats recommended and there is what people do. Recommendations are to replace them every 10-15yrs as they are devices and like all devices they have a life span and can break or malfunction.
Now that being said I have had patients that have had their implants in for years and seem to be doing ok. The idea is to change them before they become an issue rather than when they become an issue.
Similar to tires you want to replace them before they rupture while you are driving on the freeway. With saline if they rupture you will know quickly but silicone it may take some time. While silicone is not dangerous, removing a ruptured implant is more difficult and well. Therefore no perfect answer. (Rady Rahban, MD, Fort Walton Beach Plastic Surgeon)
How long do implant last?
Implants are not meant to be lifetime devices. If a woman has had her implants for 20 years and they are not causing her a problem, there is no reason to take them out simply due to a period of time. It’s important to remember that surgery is not without risks.
It would be unfortunate if one were to have their implants removed simply because they are greater than 10 years old and developed a complication due to the re-operation. It’s recommended that if gel implants are placed, a MRI is done three years afterwards and then every two years after that to detect a “silent” rupture. (Quintessa Miller, MD, FACS, Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon)
How long do Breast Implants last?
Many Plastic Surgeons recommend replacement of Silicone Gel implants after 10-15 years. However, some Plastic Surgeons feel if your Breast Implants are intact and you do not have any problems such as Capsular Contracture or Implant rupture, there is no need to remove Breast Implants that are intact and that you are happy with.The FDA does recommend an MRI to check breast implant integrity every 2-3 years. (Arthur M. Cambeiro, MD, )
How long do breast implants last?
There is no “expiration date” on breast implants after surgery – if you are happy with your implants and you undergo routine imaging and physical examinations of your breasts, there is no reason to have more surgery at a certain point in time.
However, some women will end up wanting or needing more surgery on their breasts or implants over time as their bodies and desires change. Breast implants are not considered lifetime devices, but there is no reason to replace them every 10 years.It sounds like you are having symptoms or problems that may be related to your breast implants, so it is best to visit your surgeon for an examination. He or she may want to order imaging tests to evaluate what is going on. (Michelle A. Spring, MD, FACS, Missoula Plastic Surgeon)