Do Breast Implants Need to Be Replaced?

For most women, results of a breast augmentation procedure last for several years and you’ll see the changes in your body shape right away. Even though you might have some swelling and discomfort initially, this will subside as your body heals and your breast implants settle into the chest area. But will you need to replace your implants at some point in time? This is a common question many women have when thinking about getting breast implants. Here’s what you need to know:

Breast Augmentation Results Are Not Permanent

Even though your breast implants will last a very long time, your results are not permanent. You may need to replace your implants at least once during your lifetime, and should be informed of this during your initial consultation with a board-certified plastic surgery doctor. Most women experience changes in their weight and skin as they age, which means the breast implants will shift and may need to be replaced. Your breasts might even start to sag, so you would need a breast lift in conjunction with a new set of implants to restore them to a more youthful position.

Changing Breast Implant Size

You and your plastic surgeon will spend some time reviewing different breast implant sizes so you can find the best match for your body shape and personal tastes. Still, some women may find that their implants are too large or too small, and will need a reduction or an enlargement within a year or few years after the initial procedure. Unless your implants are adjustable breast implants, you will need to undergo another procedure to have your implants replaced. Replacement procedures are relatively simple in scope because the surgeon will not need to make new incision sites. He or she will go in through your old incisions to remove the old implant, and replace it with a brand new implant.