When to Consider Revision Breast Augmentation

Today’s post is by a guest blogger. Michelle had a breast augmentation years ago and is now considering a revision surgery. She did some research and wrote about her experience for this article.

How often should breast implants be replaced?

Breast implants do not have an expiration date and there is no requirement to have them replaced at ten years  Researchers can give us general estimates about their longevity:

  • According to the Institute of Medicine, the average life expectancy of a breast implant is 16 years.
  • FDA studies of silicone breast implants suggest that most implants last 7-12 years.

However, some breast implants clearly last much longer. So there really is no definitive recommendation. Speaking for myself, I am at 25 years and counting. My breast implants have far outlasted my marriage!

“Breast implants do not last forever,” warns the FDA. “If you decide to get breast implants, you will likely need additional surgeries on your breasts over your lifetime due to rupture, other complications or unacceptable cosmetic outcomes. However, as long as the breast implant is intact and you are not experiencing any complications, there is no real need to have a breast implant revision.

After 25 years, I am not experiencing any major complications or significant positioning problems, even after two pregnancies and breastfeeding – but I am still considering breast implant replacement. I want to be proactive and avoid any complications. I also want to benefit from new technology and use this opportunity to achieve a new look.

Breast implant revision involves the removal or replacement of your current breast implants. An evaluation and possibly replacement of breast implants is recommended around 15 years after breast augmentation. Evidence shows that somewhere between 10 and 20 years after surgery, most women will either be experiencing some type of complication or desire an improved appearance of the breast. Over time, positioning changes may occur because of accidents or natural causes.

A revision surgery provides a chance to (once again) alter shape and size. After all, it is a whole new decade and your lifestyle is quite likely different than when you originally chose to get breast implants.

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