Breast augmentation is a very individualized surgery performed by Dr. Pramit Malhotra in Michigan. Though the procedure employed to insert breast implants is essentially the same from woman to woman, there are many technical variables that can impact the surgery itself, its immediate results, and the long-term look and viability of the implants used. Many women who are considering breast augmentation want to know how long breast implants will last, but because of the large number of potential factors that can impact different women in different ways, there is no single or simple answer to that question. Know that an initial surgery handled with skill and care, tailored to the unique anatomy and goals of each patient, sets up the best possible chances for a long-lasting implant.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved both saline-filled and silicone gel-filled implants for sale in the United States. The government body also notes that implants are not “lifetime devices.” This does not mean that implants are guaranteed to expire, but it does mean that women who choose to get breast augmentation should know that they will be best served if they commit to monitoring their implants with frequent check-ups to ensure that no aesthetic or medical issues have developed.
Would I Ever Want to Make a Change to My Breast Implants?
Breast implants have one purpose, which is to add volume to breasts. Implants do not change with a woman’s body, which might undergo shifts in height and weight after a breast enlargement, nor with breasts that will likely begin to droop and sag with time.
The main reason a woman might want to alter the results of her breast augmentation surgery involves aesthetics. Women who see the look of their breasts change as they age may want to have their implants removed or replaced by implants of a different size, whether larger or smaller. This would be to maintain the appearance of balanced breasts that are in proportion with the rest of a woman’s body. In addition to breast augmentation, women may also want to consider a breast lift, which addresses the drooping and sagging by making breasts appear perkier.
Are There Other Reasons to Make a Change to Breast Implants?
As with any surgery, breast augmentation complications are possible.
If a saline implant leaks after breast augmentation, the resulting deflation will likely be noticeable and can be corrected by the removal of that implant and the insertion of a new one, if the patient so chooses.
The FDA recommends that women with silicone gel-filled implants get Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) examinations three years after the breast implants are inserted in a breast augmentation procedure and again every two years afterward for as long as the implant stays intact and in place. This is because silicone gel-filled implants have a chance of undergoing what is known as a “silent rupture.” Gel does not flow in the same way as saline, which is essentially sterile salt water, so a silicone leak may not cause any noticeable symptoms.
A key factor in implant longevity is selecting a professional plastic surgeon with the talent and experience necessary to provide the best results possible. Dr. Malhotra is an expert at breast augmentation in Michigan.