At the offices of Dr. Richard J. Brown, one question we’re frequently asked is how often breast implants need to be redone. Although this is circumstantial and can depend on each patient’s unique case, implants are not something that need to be replaced on a regular basis.
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The lifetime of a breast implant often depends on factors such as the person’s body, lifestyle, type of implant, and surgeon. But we hope to shed some light on breast implant replacement – some of the things you need to know and common misconceptions.
Do Implants Need to Be Replaced Every 2 to 3 Years?
No. This is an inaccuracy that unfortunately prevents many women from getting breast implants. There is a sense of worry that moving forward with the first implant procedure sets them up for multiple surgeries that must take place every few years.
The truth is, breast implants last longer than most people realize. There is no reason to believe that you will need to return for additional surgeries every 2 to 3 years. On average, most women return for follow-up surgeries once or twice in their lifetime. Most implants last 10 to 20 years without complications.
Do Breast Implants Leak Often?
Another misconception is that breast implants often rupture and leak, requiring additional surgery. It is unfortunate that the attention and focus on the small number of breast implants that do experience any mishap far outweigh the thousands and thousands of breast implants that never have any issues at all. This is misleading and causes hesitation for those who want breast implants.
So it is important to note that leaks are very uncommon. Don’t let the few often exaggerated stories deter you from moving forward with your own.
Will Aging Cause Issues With My Implants?
Aging has an effect on all body parts and breasts whether they are natural or implants. The combination of gravity, tissue loss and hormonal fluctuation all influence breast size and shape. Because of this, many women who have had breast implants in the past find that they may eventually want a change after a certain amount of time has gone by, and this is all based on an individual’s own desires.
Yes, there may be instances when you want to redo your breast implants because of personal preferences. However, we hope that you do not dismiss the idea of having breast implants altogether because of this.
To help you have a better understanding of the process, we invite you to call us at 480-947-2455 to set up an initial consultation with Dr. Richard J. Brown.