How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

Thousand Oaks Breast AugmentationWhenever you’re getting plastic surgery, it’s good to understand the long-term benefits of the procedure. This is why so many breast augmentation patients who see Dr. Costanzo in his Thousand Oaks plastic surgery practice ask his how long implants will last. They want to know if they’ll need to be frequently replaced, and if repeated breast augmentation procedures will be necessary.

While there’s some debate amongst plastic surgeons about how long breast implants will last, Dr. Costanzo has accumulated knowledge of treating Thousand Oaks patients for 31 years.  From his experience on implant longevity he is able to tell breast augmentation patients that silicone implants may last over 36 years, while the longest he has ever seen a patient with saline implants go without needing at least one implant replaced is 24 years. However, some breast augmentation patients may need implant replacement sooner. Read on to discover some of the most popular reasons that Thousand Oaks plastic surgeon Dr. Costanzo replaces breast implants.

Replacing Implants Due to Implant Rupture

While both silicone and saline implants are FDA-approved and safe to use, sometimes they will rupture. If saline implants rupture, you’ll notice immediately. The saline fluid will exit the implant and be absorbed by your body, which is harmless, and your breasts will deflate.

It can be harder, however, to tell if silicone breast implants have ruptured. Because they aren’t filled with a fluid, but with a gummy gel, ruptured silicone implants don’t always result in deflated looking breasts. For this reason, the FDA recommends that breast augmentation patients with silicone breast implants get an MRI every 2 to 3 years to see if their silicone breast implants have ruptured.

Replacing Implants Due to Visible Rippling

Most Thousand Oaks women don’t want to keep their breast implants in if their look is no longer aesthetically pleasing. This is especially true if implants have started rippling, which can occur more commonly with saline implants, especially amongst women who are thinner. If your breast implants are showing visible signs of rippling, Dr. Costanzo can replace them with newer implants in his Thousand Oaks surgery center.

Replacing Implants Due to Implant Hardening

For some women, implants will begin to feel hard. This is because of capsular contracture, a condition in which the tissue around the breast implant hardens. Implants with capsular contracture can not only feel firmer but can appear higher up or perkier than normally augmented breasts. Capsular contracture is an inherit risk with breast augmentation, which only needs to be corrected if there is some distortion to the breast. In his Thousand Oaks practice, Dr. Costanzo is able to perform corrective breast surgery to correct capsular contracture.

Replacing Implants Due to Asymmetry

Sometimes your breast augmentation will result in asymmetrical looking breasts. This can be caused by a variety of reasons.  If you have had a breast augmentation and your results are noticeably asymmetrical, Dr. Costanzo can help you achieve the even looking results you desire.

Learning More About Breast Implants

If you have additional questions about how often your implants will need to be replaced, or why they may need to be replaced sooner than Dr. Costanzo’s typical recommendation, it’s best that you speak with him directly.

You can set up a free consultation with Dr. Costanzo in his Thousand Oaks offices by calling (805) 373-9919.