Many believe that breast implants are supposed to last for 10 years before needing to be replaced. Unfortunately, this misinformation is not true. Patients who research breast augmentation or plastic surgery Kansas City, MO have come up with this magic number of years. This gives the false impression that all breast implants should last. Many base their information on past factual data that has been slightly skewed in translation.
The Data on Breast Implants
The FDA released a 63-page report in 2011 regarding the safety of silicone implants. Many seeking this information (but not wanting to read a lengthy document) simplified the takeaway. This resulted in a belief that all breast implants are created equal and last a certain amount of time. The real data reflected that 1 out of 5 patients getting breast augmentation need a revision procedure. In other words, 20 percent of patients need another surgery as a result of excessive scarring inside the breast(s). That also means that 80 percent of patients had no complications after 10 years. Hence, the confusion.
The short answer is that no one knows exactly how long a patient’s breast implants will last. Some will have complications in a few years and others will never have complications at all. There are too many variables involved to determine an accurate number of years until a patient needs either revision surgery or replacement.
The more accurate answer to the question is that you don’t need to replace implants automatically every 10 years. Unless there is a problem, and you’re monitoring properly with both self- and physician exams, there’s no need to think your implants will be expiring once they’re 10 years old.
Breast Implants and Aging
Some patients choose replacement of breast implants due to the natural aging process combined with gravity. Sun damage, bodily effects of pregnancy, and breastfeeding are two other reasons a patient might choose breast implants for the effects of nature.
All surgery comes with risk and potential complications, including a breast augmentation procedure. A relatively common issue is leaking from a ruptured implant. In the case of leaking, restorative surgery is not typically urgent or necessary. However, it is often performed for cosmetic reasons.
There are no guarantees when you have breast implants. There is a possibility that you will need one or more follow-up surgeries at some point in your life. However, that’s not a given by any means, with most patients being completely satisfied with their breast augmentation results.
Many have avoided getting breast augmentation because of misinformation. However, the truth is the vast majority of patients with implants never have complications. As with anything regarding your body, your experience will be unique. This includes when you may (but may not) need to change your breast implants.
If you’re considering breast augmentation, contact Dr. Rast’s office to set up a consultation and get the facts and the mysteries straight.