How long do breast implants last? This is one of the most common questions we get asked on the phone when a patient calls to discuss the procedure before booking an appointment. 

So, to answer the question – can breast implants last a lifetime?

“Breast Implants are not lifetime devices. The longer you have breast implants, the more likely it is that complications will occur, and you will need to have them removed. There is no guarantee that you will have a satisfactory cosmetic outcome from any re-operation.”

After a couple of years post-breast augmentation surgery, we advise our patients to organize with their GP to get an ultrasound of both breasts to rule out rupture, etc. Remember, silent ruptures present no symptoms. It will be wise to get an ultrasound every couple of years just to make sure all are intact. Also, be breast aware, any changes or development of pain will require a visit to the surgeon for an assessment. 

Manufacturers advise considering replacing implants at about the 10-year mark, however, the average lifespan of implants is about 15 to 20 years.  Breast implants only need to be replaced if you have a problem, such as an implant rupture, capsular contracture, and change in life circumstances where a preference for a bigger or smaller size implant would be more suited. 

Regardless of how long they last, always remember that “Breast Implants are not lifetime devices”.

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