When Should I Have My Breast Implants Updated?

There are many misconceptions out there about when breast implants should be replaced. Some women are under the impression that, in order to see the best results, they will need to have maintenance surgery every 10 years. The idea of having to have surgery every 10 years is  a deterrent for women considering breast implants. They fear that they will face a long road of recovery from surgeries and high costs.

More commonly, people talk about breast implants having a 10-year lifespan. They believe that breast implants should be removed and replaced every 10 years. This is a false assumption by patients and is often written about in many online resources that patients derive their information from.

While it is true that breast implants are not designed to last forever, some have lasted for as long as 300 years before needing to be replaced or updated. The 3 most common reasons why breast implants are removed are:

  1. Patient desire for change in shape or size.
  2. Deflation, Rupture or Leaks
  3. Patient has had children and the breast and implants do not sit together on the chest wall

Many women who have had breast implants will encounter change in breast size or shape related to having had children or aging skin quality. Some patients decide to increase or decrease the size of their implants. Or, they might find that as they grow older, a different look or shape fits their body better.

The good news is, you can have breast augmentation revision surgery based on your desires without complications. Dr. Richard J. Brown has worked with many patients who have had past breast augmentations and now desire revision surgery. This is the number one reason why women have breast implants updated.

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One of the best ways to know when it is time to replace or update breast implants is by having a board certified plastic surgeon examine your implants. They have knowledge and experienced with breast implants and can help you decide the best course of action for you. If you have had your implants for 10 years it would be great to allow your surgeon to examine you to ensure that everything is ok.

If you have considered replacing or updating your breast implants call Dr. Richard J. Brown today to schedule a consultation. He will be able to examine your current implants and give you an idea of how they have held up over the years. He is also willing to discuss any revision surgery you may have in mind.

To set up your consultation, call ​480-568-3804.