Do Breast Implants Last Forever?

Published on January 12, 2022 by

There are many benefits associated with breast implants for our Philadelphia-area patients, including the fact that people who get augmentation surgery may feel more confident and attractive, have better self-esteem, enjoy a more proportional and pleasing body shape, and feel more comfortable in their clothes. One of the aspects of breast augmentation patients often ask about is what the lifespan of their implants will be. Since implants aren’t guaranteed to last forever, there’s a possibility that they’ll rupture someday, especially as they weaken with age—but there’s no hard and fast rule about when this may or may not happen.

Some people have the misconception that all implants need to be removed after 10 years, but this is not actually the case. Some implants last for up to a decade, while others last for 20 years or even longer. Your breasts will continually change shape due to the effects of aging, gravity, weight fluctuations, and other factors, regardless of whether or not you’ve had implant surgery.

Here are some ways you can maximize the lifespan of your implants:

Choose a Qualified Plastic Surgery Practice

Your choice of plastic surgeon will have a major impact on the success of the surgery, your satisfaction with the results, and your long-term appearance. Our own Dr. Scott Chapin is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has advanced training in breast surgery.

Find Out About Your Surgeon’s Approach

You’ll want to avoid breast augmentation surgery techniques that could increase the risk of complications or less-desirable results for you. Talk to Dr. Chapin to learn about which techniques are safest for patients and provide the highest level of protection for your implants.

Avoid Weight Gain and Pregnancy

Significant weight gain or pregnancy could affect breast augmentation results by causing the breasts to grow heavier, skin to stretch, and sagging to occur.

Avoid Physical Trauma

After you’ve had breast augmentation, you need to avoid high-contact sports and other activities for some time, since they could be dangerous or significantly increase the chance of trauma on the chest area. You also need to avoid intense exercise while you’re recovering and wait until your wounds have healed.

Want to learn more about breast augmentation? For more details on breast implants, contact the Chapin Aesthetics office. Give us a call at (267) 880-0810 or fill out a contact form to request an appointment.

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