When you love your breast implants, visiting a plastic surgeon is one of the last things on your mind, but we’d love a visit. After you’re fully healed and have completed all post-op checks, we recommend that patients come once a year, just to check in. If you haven’t been in to see your breast surgeon in a while, given them a call and schedule an appointment.
How Long Do Breast Implants Last?
Many of our patients have heard a rumor that implants should be replaced every 10 years. The reality is, your implants may need to be replaced sooner than that, or may last much longer. If your implants are working well and you’re happy with them, you don’t need to replace them. If you have a rupture or other complication, you need to have a breast implant exchange now, not after 10 years.
Modern implants are very strong and have the potential to last for decades. Come see us once a year, or sooner if you notice any of these potential issues:
- Hardening of the breast or implant
- Deflation of one or both breasts
- Shifting of the implant’s position
- Pain or discomfort
- Implant rupture or leakage
Some of our patients choose to upgrade their older implants for newer, more modern choices. Implants have come a long way in the past 10-20 years and if it has been a while since your augmentation, there are new options available.
Breasts Change, Even with Implants
Your breasts will change throughout your life, with or without implants. Some of the most dramatic changes happen after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Your lifestyle and aesthetic goals will also change. Many women choose to replace their breast implants or undergo breast revision surgery when their breast implants are no longer meeting their needs. You may want to change your implants if you experience:
- Desire for larger or smaller breasts
- Sagging after pregnancy or breastfeeding
- Age related changes to the breasts
- Size change after weight loss/gain
If your breasts have changed and your implants are no longer meeting your needs, come see us. It may be time for breast implant revision surgery.
We want you to love your breasts after breast augmentation. Although many of our patients don’t come in once a year, we do recommend it. Come see and check in on your implants, even if you still love them. Call us today!