Breast augmentation offers women the thrilling opportunity to finally have the voluptuous breasts they’ve always dreamed of that Mother Nature didn’t provide. Regardless if you want a modest enhancement or a super-size alteration, breast augmentation is a big commitment and every woman who wants one needs to find out everything there is to know concerning the procedure.
The latest advancements regarding the science behind breast implant technology has made them more durable and safer today. Even though breast implants do not have an actual expiration date, some women find themselves needing to replace or remove them due to deflation or leakage. Here’s what you need to know about how long they last.
How long do breast implants last?
In a perfect world, your breast implants would ideally last forever. However, that’s not reality since they’re man-made, synthetic devices that unfortunately deteriorate over time and are no longer safe. Some breast implants, however, will actually last for a lifetime, while others will require a replacement in less than five years. Overall, the average length for breast implants is somewhere between 10 – 25 years. But, because there’s no actual way to predict their longevity, the best way to maintain them is to visit Dr. Bull’s office once a year to ensure they’re working to their full potential.
What’s the difference between silicone and saline breast implants?
It seems as if the ongoing debate between silicone and saline breast implants still remains a hot topic. It’s true that the material the implants consist of does make a significant difference when it comes to how long they’ll last. Several doctors think that silicone-based implants are much more durable overall, but there’s a much higher degree of danger if they leak and can result in bruising and infections. On the other hand, saline implants generally don’t last as long, but if they do leak the body will naturally absorb the solution rather than presenting any kind of danger.
Why breast implants sometimes fail
There are many reasons why breast implants fail and require replacement. Standard wear-and-tear is normal and is expected to reduce their longevity over time. Surprisingly, though, the most common reasons why breast implants need readdressed has a lot to do with the surgeon rather than the patient’s lifestyle.
The breast implant itself can be damaged in the initial surgical implant. Underfilling or overfilling is common and can cause the shape of the implant to change somewhat, causing a higher tendency for leakage. Likewise, breast implants that aren’t the correct size can cause wrinkling and rippling, which is why it’s very important to only choose a board-certified, reputable plastic surgeon, like Dr. John Bull, with vast experience to perform your breast augmentation.
Express your concerns to your doctor.
While breast augmentation is exciting and can indeed enhance your lifestyle, it’s still a serious surgery. Potential candidates need to weigh both the pros and cons and learn as much as they can before committing to getting the procedure. Ideally, you should know everything about it including the size, material, and the potential of having them replaced down the road and how it will affect you physically and emotionally as well as financially.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Bull at The John Bull Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Medispa. Our highly-educated medical staff can answer any questions you many have and provide insight into the procedure itself. We can help determine the safest, most effective treatment option for you based on your needs and the results you’re looking to achieve. Contact us today to find out more.