Over the years, the design and manufacture of breast implants have advanced on a number of levels, giving patients more choices for breast augmentation than ever before. The longevity of breast implants depends on many factors. The average life of a breast implant is generally about ten years, and many of the most prominent developers of breast implants provide warranties for several years after they have been placed. With that in mind, some patients have had their breast implants for much longer periods. The thing to remember is: every patient is different, and there are a variety of factors that can affect the amount of time breast implants will last.
Ultimately, there can never be a concrete guarantee that an implant will last a specific number of years. Particularly after having them for a long period of time, it’s always wise to be watchful for any changes. Complications such as implant rupture or leakage will necessitate a breast implant revision or removal. With saline implants, this is often very noticeable if it’s occurred; however, silicone implant ruptures can be more difficult to detect, which makes it important to have regular breast exams that can identify abnormalities in silicone breast implants.
While breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime, advances in their composition have made it possible for them to last many, many years.
Learn about choosing the right breast implant option and view breast augmentation before-and-after photos here. If you would like more information on breast implants and what you can expect, the plastic surgeons at Florida Plastic Surgery Group will be happy to answer your questions.