Whether they are made of silicone or saline, breast implants may last longer than you think. There is a misconception floating around out there that implants need to be replaced every few years and that most implants don’t have the wear withall to last longer than 10 years. Although you always have the option of replacing or removing implants after breast augmentation, many patients find that they remain happy with theirs and don’t need additional surgery.
However, some women may decide that it’s time to replace their implants for personal reasons, or because the implant is causing trouble.
Changes in the Implant
Silicone or saline implants aren’t designed to be lifetime devices, according to the Food and Drug Administration, although plenty of women are able to enjoy their implants for many years, Being a “lifetime device” simply means that there’s an increased chance the implant will fail the longer it is in your body. It’s worth noting that the risk for failure, with today’s well made implants, is extremely low.
There are two basic changes that can occur in an implant that can usually require its removal or replacement. Saline implants can deflate, or lose volume, and silicone implants can rupture. In both cases, the material inside the implant may leak out into the body. In the case of saline implants, a deflation is typically pretty obvious, as the breasts affected become smaller. Since the silicone gel used in implants is very viscous and thick, if an implant ruptures, the material won’t seep out into the body. Despite that fact, it’s usually recommended that you replace ruptured silicone implants as soon as you can.
You might need to have your implants removed or replaced if you experience capsular contracture, as well. In case of capsular contracture, the scar tissue tightens and begins to squeeze the implant, distorting the breast. Along with changing the appearance of the breast, capsular contracture can also be painful.
Changes in Your Body
There is no way to stop the clock or keep your body from changing as you get older, so that menas your breasts aren’t going to be the same at age 50 as they were at age 30. A variety of changes, from weight gain to weight loss, or breastfeeding to fluctuating hormones during menopause, can all change the size and shape of your breasts. The impact of gravity, even if you’ve been wearing a supportive bra for years, can also change your breasts.
Many women also decide to trade larger implants for smaller ones, especially if they have lost a significant amount of weight; this can leave the breasts looking too big in comparison to the rest of your body. The opposite might be true in the case of weight gain. If you’ve put on a few pounds, you might want to increase your implant size, so that your breasts are more proportional to your size. Along with replacing the implants, some women may decide to have a breastlift to improve the shape and position of drooping breasts.
You’re Over It
Desires change over time, and what you wanted to look like 10 years ago might not be what you want today. It’s possible to remove your implants because you’re over them; just look at celebs like Pamela Anderson and Victoria Beckham, both of whom had their implants taken out because the implants were no longer right for them.
You can also decide to have your implants removed or replaced with a different size if you realize that they aren’t working for you. It can be tough to actually visualize how implants will look or feel. You might have originally chosen a large size, only to realize that the implant is pretty uncomfortable, makes it difficult to find shirts that fit, or makes it difficult to be active.
If you’re over your breast implants, or are looking for a change, make an appointment with Dr. Paul Vitenas today to discuss your options. To scheule an in-person consultation in his luxurious Houston office, call 281.484.0088. For those who live out-of-state, Dr. Vitenas offers convientnt online consultations, as well.