Lifespan of Breast Implants

Published on August 18, 2010 by Brian Joseph

The longevity of your breast implants varies from one patient to the next. Keep in mind that the chance of having at least one or more additional surgeries is high, as breast implants are not considered lifetime devices. Some women have kept their implants for 20 years or more with no problems, but the Institute of Medicine says the average life expectancy of an implant is 16 years.

Orlando cosmetic surgeon Dr. Brian Joseph is a board-certified plastic surgeon who will listen to your concerns and cosmetic goals and is devoted to your successful surgical outcome and your overall happiness.

Silicone Breast Implant Lifespan

Made from a solid silicone gel, these implants are the most durable on the market. Through extensive research and development, today’s silicone implants will outperform previous models by years. However, silicone implants can still rupture. Unlike saline implants, which will deflate and lose their shape, silicone implants can be difficult to detect a rupture. For this reason, an MRI may be required to identify a rupture.

Saline Breast Implant Lifespan Advice

Saline implants are filled with salt water and are more likely to rupture than silicone implants. Some women with saline implants require another surgery after several years, while others have kept them intact for more than 20 years. Over time, your saline implants will weaken, leaving them susceptible to rupturing from something as minor as a bump or fall. Make sure to ask Orlando plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Joseph what option would be best for your body and your lifestyle before committing to one type of implant.

To learn more about breast implants, please contact Dr. Joseph at Park Avenue Plastic Surgery to arrange a consultation. We serve patients in Orlando, Florida.

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