Breast Implants do not last a lifetime and on average, the majority of implants last 10-20 years without complications. Medically, there are patients who are required to change their implants due to certain complications, but mostly, a breast revision is a personal choice, taken by those who choose a change of size or shape and then there are many who do not need replacement implants at all.
Figures indicate that around 20% of women will have their breast implants repaired or replaced within 10 years of the original surgery, which means that four in five are still enjoying the benefits of their implants 10 years are receiving them.
3 signs your implants NEED to be replaced.
Most patients form soft protective scar tissue around their implant, which is completely normal. There are others however, that have issues with hardened scar tissue, a capsule that forms around the implant, tightens, and squeezes the implant causing severe discomfort. Whilst it is not immediately dangerous, the constant dull ache will require the patient to have a revision surgery.
Although there have been cases or rupture and or deflation, this is extremely rare. If it does occur, however, a revision will be necessary and our breast surgeon team will investigate why or how to prevent this in further surgery.
Implants are not fixed in one position and naturally move to give natural shape and for comfort. However, in some cases, implants can move too far, which can affect the symmetry causing an uneven look and feel.
Patients who opt for anatomically shaped implants can also suffer from rotation–these implants are shaped like a teardrop and can sometimes rotate which will also make them look uneven.
If you are considering an increase to your breast implant, or feel you are suffering from any of the above signs, do reach out to us. Our breast specialists surgeons have great experience with revisions and can offer high-grade implants, which come with a range of warranty options.