There is no one answer when a patient asks, “how long will my breast augmentation last?” Like natural breasts, breasts with implants change over time. Some patients may experience changes a few years after surgery and others live complication-free for decades. The amount of time your breast implants last depend on many factors and is difficult to predict.
Over time, breast implants may start to sag. Some patients accept this as part of the aging process and others seek a breast lift to restore their original position. In the process of a breast lift, new implants are often placed.
Immediately following surgery you should be careful not to rupture or malposition your implants. Exercise, heavy lifting, and intense movement are not recommended while your breasts heal.
You will notice right away if saline implants are ruptured. The breast will begin to deflate and appear smaller. Though there are no health risks associated with rupturing, you should have your implants corrected right away. It is harder to detect a rupture with silicone implants – often an MRI or ultrasound is needed to diagnose a rupture. Complications related to silicone implant rupture is very rare, but it is recommended to replace them as soon as possible.
The most common reasons people remove or replace implants include:
- Rupture of Breast Implant
- Capsular Contracture or hardening
- Asymmetry or sagging
- No longer want Implants
Though breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime, they can certainly last many, many years. To learn more about getting a Breast Augmentation or to schedule with our plastic surgeons Dr. Leif Rogers and Dr. Nima Naghshineh, please fill out the form on this page or call our Beverly Hills or Pasadena office at (310) 860-8915.