How Long Do Breast Implants Last?
While breast implants can last for many years, you will eventually have to have them removed. Fortunately, not only can you have those aging implants replaced, but advances in implant design mean you can have replacement implants that look and feel better than the older ones.
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WHAT IS BREAST AUGMENTATION WITH IMPLANTS?
Breast augmentation uses implants to enhance the size, shape, and volume of the breasts. While some women want breasts they feel will suit the rest of their figure, others feel unhappy about the symmetry and shape of their breasts.
Breast augmentation can be performed by Dr. Earle, a double board-certified and Ivy League-educated surgeon, or his colleague Dr. Vidal, a graduate of several prestigious plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowships.
Breast augmentation places the implant in a pocket created in the breast. Depending on the type of implant, your surgeon can place them in several ways to minimize or hide any scarring. You have several options available for implants:
- Saline implants have a silicone shell and are filled with sterile saline inside
- Silicone implants offer a natural look and feel that many people find appealing
- “Gummy Bear” implants are made of a durable silicone gel
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BREAST IMPLANTS?
Breast augmentation with implants can provide many benefits, making it a very popular procedure. You can expect to enjoy benefits such as:
- Improved self-esteem
- Better-fitting clothes
- Correction of breast asymmetry
- Improvements in breast shape
- Replacement of lost breast volume
For those who have felt self-conscious about their breast size or shape, a breast augmentation can provide a tremendous improvement in self-confidence and a feeling that their breasts finally look the way they were meant to look.
HOW LONG DO BREAST IMPLANTS LAST?
Current breast implants can last for twenty years or more, although not everyone keeps theirs for that long. Some ways you know your implants may need replacing include:
This common complication causes scar tissue to form around one or both of the breasts. Excellent surgical technique helps avoid this, and Dr. Earle has rates of this problem much lower than the national average.
The chances of implant rupture are low but increase when implants near the end of their lifespan. While not necessarily harmful, ruptures can change the shape of your breasts and require a replacement.
HOW SAFE ARE BREAST IMPLANTS?
Dr. Earle and Dr. Vidal have extensive experience performing safe breast augmentation procedures. Some implants in the past have been deemed unsafe, including textured implants, which Dr. Earle refused to use even before they had to be recalled. You can feel confident that your team of surgeons will only use superior quality implants for your procedure.
TAKE THE NEXT STEP
The best way to learn more about which breast procedure is best for you is by meeting with Dr. Earle or Dr. Vidal at Pure Plastic Surgery. We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team by calling us at (305) 424-2826 or filling out our request a consultation form.