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How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

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Women who undergo breast surgery should understand that breast implants do not last forever. So, how long do breast implants last? While there is no average lifespan for breast implants, most surgeons will tell you they typically last 10-20 years. But there are several factors that can affect that timeline.

At Livingston Plastic Surgery in Houston, Texas, Dr. Christopher K. Livingston is widely known for his innovation, development, and refinement in breast augmentation procedures. With his expertise and years of experience, Dr. Livingston can help his patients achieve their ideal body goals. If you’re looking to improve the shape or size of your breasts, implant surgery can help balance your breast proportion with your natural body type. Read on to learn how long to expect your breast implants to last.

Types of Breast Implants

Dr. Livingston offers two types of breast implants: saline and silicone. Saline implants are inserted empty and then filled with sterile salt water. Silicone implants are pre-filled with silicone gel which has a similar feel to natural breast tissue. There’s no consensus as to which type lasts longer, simply because so many factors can impact the lifespan of an implant.

Overfilling or underfilling saline implants during surgery can change the desired shape of the implant and make it prone to leaking. Leaking saline solution is absorbed by the patient’s body and will pose no health risks, leaving time for the implant to be removed and replaced.

How Long Do Silicone Breast Implants Last?

Silicone breast implants often provide the breasts with a more natural look and tissue-like feel to them. Over the years, there have made many improvements to breast implant designs and performance. The current generation of silicone breast implants are made of a highly cohesive silicone gel that provides the best performance compared to previous models, and they can be expected to last for 15-20 years or more.

How Long Do Saline Implants Last?

Saline implants are inserted into the breasts empty, and the saline solution is carefully added after they’re positioned. This process allows for a small incision, which many patients prefer; however, saline implants tend to have a firmer feel than silicone. Saline implants will typically last between 8-10 years without any issues. In part, the longevity of these implants is contingent upon your overall health, and how you care for your new breasts.

When Should Breast Implants Need To Be Removed or Replaced?

Breast implants should only be replaced for one of the following reasons:

  • A size change is desired
  • An implant fails
  • A breast implant no longer looks good or has drifted out of normal position
  • Age related breast changes
  • Patient no longer wants enlarged breasts
  • Hardening
  • Saline Rupture
  • Silicone Rupture

Breast Augmentation or Revision in Houston, Texas

Dr. Christopher K. Livingston is a Houston-based breast augmentation and revision specialist who has been attracting patients throughout Southeast Texas for his detailed eye, patient care, and extensive knowledge. As a board-certified member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Livingston strives to provide his patients with safety, minimal downtime, and long-lasting results For more information on breast augmentation or to discuss replacing existing implants contact Dr. Livingston at (281) 501-1812 or fill out an online form to schedule your consultation today.