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Lifespan of Implants

Breast augmentation has become the more popular of the plastic surgery procedures performed across the globe. These procedures focus on increasing the sizes of a woman’s breasts with placements of either silicone or saline implants. They assist in helping women to feel more confident and sexier. However, similar to just about everything else, implants will not last forever.

The actual lifespan of the breast implants will be dependent on the person and also the type of implant used for the procedure. In some instances, the implants may need to be replaced in a few short years after the surgery. While in other cases these implants have lasted up to 25 years. Typically, the manufacturers of the breast implants suggest that these products have a life expectancy of around ten years. Through the process of typical day to day activities, these implants shift and move inside the body. As time goes by, the implants eventually wear down and will require replacement or removal.

Tell Tale Signs That Breast Implants Need To Be Replaced

In most cases, the breast implants are made up of a bag that is filled with a silicone or saline solution. Today other implant types such as the “gummy bear implant” is still undergoing clinical trials and studies in the U.S. But the more common of these implants are still the silicone or saline filled implants.

One aspect that makes a question like “How long do breast implants last?” extremely variable is because the implant’s skin can break due to certain circumstances. When this skin ruptures, with a large tear or small hole, the silicone or the saline will start to leak out of the implants into the body. The older implants seem to be more susceptible to tears and holes as they are more worn down. Also, trauma or accidents can break these bags along with a defective implant or other types of complications.

The symptoms associated with a ruptured breast implant will be a decrease of the shape and size of the individual’s breast, nodules, swelling, burning, numbness, tingling, and pain. In some instances, the individual is not even aware that the implant or implants have torn or ruptured. The experts suggest that women need to undergo MRIs regularly to ensure that their implants are still intact.


As time goes by, breast implants are also susceptible to rippling. This occurs when the shell and the filler material starts to shift. The more common rippling type that arises is from the shell rippling when a woman who is slender has her implant positioned over the chest muscle and underneath her mammary gland. Because there is less tissue to cover these implants, they usually look fine to start off with, but start to show up ripples at a later stage. Because the implants are a type of bag, they typically begin to fold-in when placed under pressure that comes from the woman’s body. Also, the breast tissues that initially covered the implant also starts to recede, which reveals even more rippling.

Skinnier and shorter women are more susceptible to rippling, and this should be discussed with a surgeon before the procedure. Also, the saline implants usually ripple more, with the silicone implants that ripple less and finally the “gummy bear implants” that ripple the least.


The term is known as “capsular contracture” is one of the rare side effects that can occur once the breast plants have been put into place. This involves when scar tissue starts to build-up around these implants which is the body’s immune system that is responding to the foreign objects inside the body. The symptoms and signs of “capsular contracture” usually include a hardening of the breasts accompanied by pain.

If you have been thinking about breast implants, contact Dr. Placik. You may want to begin your search for a doctor by conducting an Internet search for the best breast surgeons that operate in your area. Make sure that you find out about the lifespan associated with each type of implant along with the risks linked to each kind. You may also want to find out about how these risks may have an impact on the lifespan of the implant.

On the other hand, if you already have breast implants that have been in your body for ten years or more, you will probably require replacement or removal surgery soon. It is advisable to book an appointment with a breast surgeon to check on any ruptures, leaks or tears or any other issues. At the same time chat with your plastic surgeon on the revision options available for breast implants.