How long last breast implants?
Breast implants do not last forever. There is no absolute answer for how long they will last, but the implant shell deteriorates over time.
In general, 10 to 15 years is a reasonable average. With silicone gel implants, an increase in the firmness of the implant can be an early sign of leakage and a reason for replacement.
If your breast hurts and you’re having other problems, I would recommend replacement. (Thomas A. Mustoe, MD, FACS, Chicago Plastic Surgeon)
Unlike the oil in your car which must be changed every 3000 miles or so, your breast implants do not need routine replacement unless you are having a problem with them or want to change to a different size implant.
If you are not experiencing any problems with your implants, you do not need any additional surgery. (Brian Howard, MD, Alpharetta Plastic Surgeon)
Changes in implants should be evaluated
Breast implants do not “expire” in a set time frame. However, they do fatigue and can fail over time. When this happens you may notice a change in the way that your breast feels.
The breast may feel harder or appear smaller or differently shaped. If you experience these symptoms, or notice any other changes in your breast, you should see a board certified plastic surgeon to evaluate the changes and make a surgical plan for treatment if appropriate. (Emily A. Williams, MD, Spokane Plastic Surgeon)
How long do breast implants last?
The incidence of implant rupture is most commonly stated to be 1% per year. This is the number that most plastic surgeons learned during their residencies, but the accuracy of this number in regards to the latest implant technology is difficult to ascertain. The last article that I read indicated that a patient should expect their implant to last 12.5 years.
Does that mean that there is no risk of a rupture before 12.5 years? Absolutely not. It also does not mean that just because an implant has been in place for that long that is necessitates an implant exchange.
I tell my patients that if your implants are soft and symmetric, then leave them alone (regardless of how old they are). (William T. Stoeckel, MD, Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon)
Timespan of breast implants
A breast implant is never considered a lifetime device. Visit with a board certified plastic surgeon who is very familiar with breast implants- you need an exam and perhaps even an imaging study such as ultrasound or MRI to deterimine if your implant is intact. (Stefan Mark Szczerba, MD, Chicago Plastic Surgeon)
How long do breast implants last?
I’m guessing that most implants will last about 20 years – but no one knows. Breast implants are long lasting but are not meant to “last a lifetime”. It of course depends on a lot of things, like how old you are when you get your implants, what type of implant and what style of implant. Implants have also been made differently through the decade. We believe that the present style of implant will be lasting longer. The information so far says that only about 1 in 10 implants wear out after 10 years. Keep in touch with your Plastic Surgeon for the most up to date information.
If you are having changes in your breasts, as you have described, than you should return for an exam anyway. (Ronald Schuster, MD, Baltimore Plastic Surgeon)
How Long Do Breast Implants Last?
Implants have gone through several generations of development. The truth is that with the current generation of implants, we really don’t know how long they will last. The general feeling is that if you have no problems with your implants (they are soft, aesthetically pleasing, and haven’t ruptured), they don’t need to be replaced. Previous generations of implants suffered from higher rates of leaking/rupture and accordingly it was recommended that they be changed at set time parameters (e.g. 10 years). In your case, it sounds like there has been an acute change. You should see a plastic surgeon to assess your breast to ensure that you don’t have a collection or rupture or leak. (Asif Pirani, MD, FRCS(C), Toronto Plastic Surgeon)