How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

Among the many questions that I receive about breast augmentation in the Baltimore area, one query

inevitably always comes up: “How long will my breast implants last?” It’s a smart question, because making the decision to have breast augmentation is an investment in yourself – and you want to know how long that investment will last. Here are the details:

  • Breast implants are not meant to be permanent. An ethical surgeon will tell you that breast implants are not designed to be lifetime devices. That being said, many people do have their implants all their lives with absolutely no problems and no need for additional surgery. On average, however, breast implants are expected to last 10 to 15 years.
  • The life span of your implants depends on many factors. Whether you have your implants replaced will depend on things such as your body’s ability to heal, the type of implant you have and how your implants were placed.
  • You may decide to change your implants based on aesthetic preferences. It is not uncommon for women to change their minds after their initial surgery. They want their breasts bigger (or smaller), or they want silicone rather than saline implants (or vice versa). In this case, your implants can be changed to accommodate your new wishes.

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