Breast enhancement is a much sought after plastic surgery procedure, but most women assume that the implants will never need replacing.  Although the manufacturers of breast implants say they can last a lifetime, the reality is that it is possible for them to fail as the years pass. So will you ever need to replace your breast implants? Let’s find out.

Will you ever need to replace my breast implants?
It all depends. Some women live their entire lives with the same breast implants, because they don’t experience any problems. Even though breast implants can last a lifetime, complications can occur that will require their replacement.  In addition, your body undergoes changes over the years that may also affect the implants.

Two of the more common complications that can occur with breast implants are capsular contracture, and implant rupture.

  • Capsular contracture. When a foreign substance is implanted in the body, the body’s natural response is to form a protective lining around it. However, for some women who undergo breast augmentation, the protective tissue hardens and shrinks over time. This gives rise to a complication known as capsular contracture.
  • Implant rupture. If implant rupture occurs the breast implant will deflate (in the case of saline implants), and will therefore have to be replaced. However, silicone implants are semi-solid, so they do not leak if they rupture.

When considering breast augmentation, it’s important to find the right plastic surgeon for your needs. Choose a board certified plastic surgeon with the expertise to give you the insights you need to make the right choices about surgery.

Clients in Orange County, CA can contact Dr. Kyle Song of Song Plastic Surgery, Irvine, CA, to find out more.

Call (949) 701-4454 today to schedule a consultation.