If you’re thinking about breast augmentation surgery, it’s important to be aware of the facts about the procedure. Many first-time breast augmentation patients think that breast implants last a lifetime, so after surgery they won’t have to worry about implants again. But how long do breast implants really last.
Types of breast implants
The two main types of breast implants are silicone and saline implants. Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel, while saline implants contain sterile salt water. Both types of implants have an outer shell made ofsilicone.
How long do breast implants last
Contrary to what many patients initially believe, breast implants do not last a lifetime. The majority of women that undergo breast augmentation will need to have their implants replaced at some time. Some may even need to get them replaced 2 or 3 times.
So how long do breast implants last? It depends on the individual, but 13-15 years is the estimated average lifespan of a breast implant (click here to learn more).
There are a variety of reasons why women may have their breast implants changed, including the following:
- Due to complications such as bottoming out, rippling, rupture, or capsular contracture.
- Desire for a change in the size or type of implant.
- Failure of the outer shell of the implant.
- Sagging of the breasts over time.
Breast augmentation patients that do not experience implant failure or surgical complications, will not need to have their breast implants removed. Their breast implants therefore last a very long time, up to 25 years in some cases.
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