Should You Consider A Breast implant revision?
Dr. Boudana understands that breast augmentation represents a considerable investment. Therefore, he wants patients to be reassured about the quality and lifespan of breast implants. There is a misconception that breast implants should be replaced every 10 years, when in fact women can theoretically live their entire lives with the same implants. In reality, breast implants should only be changed if there is a problem.
In addition, implant manufacturers are so confident in the longevity of their product that they offer a lifetime guarantee on implants. This means that in the rare case an implant ruptures, the manufacturer will provide a replacement implant at no charge.
You should also note that in the rare case of rupture, cohesive gel and saline implants are particularly safe. While implants used decades ago had higher risks of rupture, today’s implants are safer. If a rupture does occur, saline implants contain a saline solution that will be absorbed by the body, while the solid silicone in a cohesive gel implant will not leak.
There are several reasons to want to replace breast implants. With the high-quality of today’s breast implants and the stringent pre-marketing safety standards, patients usually want to replace implants for cosmetic reasons rather than because of rupture or deflation.
Fluctuations in weight, pregnancy, tissue aging, as well as gravity, can impact breast appearance. In this case, replacing implants and readjusting the capsule (capsulorraphy) may be required.
Sometimes, mastopexy (breast lift) is necessary to reposition the nipple and areola and lift the tissues, which can sag with time.
Some patients also choose to increase or decrease breast size after several years.