Lewis Plastic Surgery: Gordon Lewis, MD
2331-A Robious Station Circle
Midlothian, VA 23113
(804) 267-6009
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How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

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As breast augmentation grows increasingly popular, many women want to know how long their breast implants will last. The answer to this question depends on a few variables. As we often tell our breast augmentation patients here in Richmond, VA, there’s no strict lifespan for breast implants. Every surgery is unique, and no two patients are the same.

The longevity of an implant depends on several different factors. And while implants don’t actually “expire,” they can be removed or replaced at the patient’s discretion.

How long do implants last?

Contrary to popular myths, implants don’t have an “expiration date.” They typically last for many, many years and can be safely left alone unless some specific issue arises. Patients should still remember to schedule regular mammograms to stay up to date on their personal health. But no further specialized care is necessary.

Some implants may be removed earlier if the patient experiences complications or simply wishes to change the size or shape of their implants. Breast revision surgery can be performed in these cases.

What are the signs that implant replacement may be necessary?

Implant rupture, texture issues, or change in positioning are all common reasons to replace your implants. These issues may affect one or both breasts. If your breasts begin to look uneven, deflated, or you feel tenderness or tingling sensations, contact your doctor and discuss your symptoms.

Implants can also be exchanged if a patient wishes to change the size or type for aesthetic reasons. Your existing implants can be removed and replaced with a type that suits your current needs.

How can I increase implant longevity?

The majority of women replace their implants due to issues with the size or shape. We all change over time, and it’s not uncommon to have your style or taste adjust as well. In order to have your implants last as long as possible, choose a style that you can see yourself being happy with many years down the line. Breast augmentation is a long-term investment, and implant choices should be carefully considered.

It is also important to follow your doctor’s guidelines after breast augmentation surgery. Listen to and follow any postoperative instructions so that you can heal as well as possible. In order to avoid any health or sanitation complications that could require implant removal, choose a board-certified plastic surgeon to safely perform your surgery.

Although breast implants have no set lifespan, making smart choices before and after surgery can help them last as long as possible. Browse our breast augmentation revision before-and-after photos to see examples of real patient results. If you have any other questions about breast implants or surgery in Richmond, VA, request a consultation online or call our office (804) 267-6009 to schedule an appointment.

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