When you want a more feminine figure or if you’ve undergone a mastectomy, you might be considering breast augmentation. Today’s breast implants look and feel more natural than ever. And while the FDA has ruled that breast implants are safe, it also noted that they are not lifetime devices and may need to replaced.
So, how long do breast implants last? Ultimately, the answer depends on many factors, including the expertise of your plastic surgeon and your own desires.
Changing Implants for Changing Needs
The most common reason women change or remove breast implants is the same reason they wanted them in the first place: to improve their looks. As you age, your body changes shape and the implants that looked amazing 10 years ago may no longer be flattering.
Your implants are also subjected to the same gravitational forces and skin-laxity issues that affect natural breasts and may, in time, sag. If you had a mastectomy, your skin may undergo additional changes due to your treatment that may change the way your implants look.
You may also decide to go larger or smaller in breast size because you’ve lost or gained weight. Or perhaps you were conservative when choosing your first set of implants and now would like an even fuller look. An expert plastic surgeon, such as Julio Garcia, MD, in Las Vegas, uses his artist’s eye to help you choose a new implant type and size to flatter your current figure.
Ideally, of course, you should pick the best breast implant size for your body type and needs at your initial consultation. That’s why it’s important to work with the best breast enlargement practice in vegas. The time you invest in finding the most expert plastic surgeon can save you from the expense and downtime of subsequent, aesthetic-related revision surgeries.
Silicone May Last Longer Than Saline
On average, breast implants last between 10 and 25 years. However, wear and tear, as well as the proper selection and placement of your implants may influence their longevity. Some women opt to change their implants after only a few years. Others are able to keep the same implants for a lifetime.
Because silicone implants appear are firmer and more robust, there’s a perception that they last longer. Saline implants, which are inserted under the breast in a deflated state and then filled with salt water, are more prone to leakage. However, saline leakage is easily and safely absorbed by the body body.
Dr. Garcia takes the time to evaluate your body shape, your daily activities, and your needs when helping you decide between saline or silicone implants. He also takes care to choose the correct size of implant for your body and to place them in such a way that they cause no rippling or shifting.
Follow-Up Appointments Are Essential for Breast Health
When your breast implants are beautiful and comfortable, you may feel so at ease with them that you forget they’re not your natural breasts. However, it’s essential that ave a re-check with Dr. Garcia every year to ensure that your implants are still in place and are intact.
In addition to performing a yearly physical examination, every two to three years Dr. Garcia uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to verify the integrity of the implant. While ruptures in saline-filled implants may result in a difference in breast size or shape, silicone-filled implants can undergo something called a “silent rupture.” On the surface and on examination, the silicone gel implant seems intact. An MRI, however, can identify internal ruptures in the implant that could lead to leakage of gel into the chest cavity and other areas of the body if not caught early enough.
Health Issues Are Rare
While some studies suggest that up to 20% of women opt to remove or replace their breast implants within 8 to 10 years, health complications with breast implants are rare. When you consult with Dr. Garcia, he informs you of the risks that any surgical procedure, including breast augmentation, brings. In rare instances, women who undergo breast implant surgery develop complications such as capsular contracture and anaplastic large-cell lymphoma. Dr. Garcia believes it’s essential that you understand all of the risks involved before moving forward with your surgery.
Sometimes, a Breast Lift Is Enough
Through his many years of practice and thousands of happy patients, Dr. Garcia has discovered that when women express dissatisfaction with their breast size a breast lift (aka mastopexy) is often the only surgery they need. This is especially true when their breasts have shrunk due to the effects of aging and gravity. Dr. Garcia’s breast lift surgery lifts your breasts to a higher, more youthful position, re-positions the nipples to sit higher when necessary, and removes redundant skin.
After your breast lift, your breasts are fuller and perkier. Dr. Garcia is so confident in his skills as a breast-lift surgeon that he always advises women who’ve come to him for both breast lift and breast augmentation to delay their augmentation for at least six months after their breast-lift surgery.
Other plastic surgeons might try to pressure you into getting both procedures done at once. Dr. Garcia recommends the waiting period so that you can appreciate the beautiful results of your breast lift. Most of his patients are so pleased with their newer, more youthful breast shape and position that they forego the augmentation.
When you’re thrilled by the results of a breast lift alone, you save yourself money and recovery time. You also don’t have to worry about maintaining or replacing implants in the future.
If you’re ready to learn more about how you can rejuvenate and augment your breasts at the best breast enlargement practice in vegas, contact Dr. Garcia for a consultation. He’s happy to answer any of your questions and help you decide how best to obtain the beautiful, full, and feminine breasts you desire.