One question we hear a lot from Philadelphia-area women considering a breast augmentation is, “Will this procedure be permanent?” Patients understandably want to know how long they can expect their breast implants to last.
There's one simple answer to this: a breast augmentation is not a permanent procedure. Breast implants, like anything else manufactured by human beings, will eventually need to be replaced.
The question of when your breast implants will need to be replaced is not so easy to predict, however. There's no hard and fast answer. It's impossible to say, “You should get your implants replaced X years after undergoing surgery.”
The reality is that everybody is different, and implants will age and wear at different speeds. It's important to find an experienced plastic surgeon to place your implants, as that can definitely make a difference in their durability. And the details of your procedure, the choices you make, will play a role as well.
If your implants are made from quality materials and placed by an experienced, qualified plastic surgeon, there's usually no need to start thinking about replacement for at least a decade after your procedure. It's a good idea, if you opt for silicone implants, to return for periodic MRIs just to ensure that your implants are still in good shape – modern silicone implants retain their shapes even in the event of a rupture, which means noticing that failure can be tricky.
Always be on the lookout for any changes in the size or shape of your implants, and don't dismiss any sudden pain or discomfort should you experience these at any point after your procedure. If you do, call our office immediately to arrange an appointment with Dr. Bottger.
If you live in or around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and you're considering breast implants, please call Dr. David A. Bottger today at 610-355-1929 to schedule a consultation.