How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

Question: How Long Do Breast Implants Last? I have had breast implants for 14 years and I am now developing a large rash under my left breast, and it hurts and I feel alot of air pockets. One doctor told me to replace them every ten years and another told me you never have to replace them.

Answer: It depends

Saline implants have the advantage of ‘telling’ you when they need to be replaced (ie: deflation). Silicones do not do this. Some surgeons suggest replacing every ten years. Some do not. IMO, replacing silicones at ten years if they look and feel good is probably not necessary. However, an MRI test could be considered to help rule out a leak.

In your situation, with the rash, etc, it’s best to return to the original surgeon (if available), or another board certified plastic surgeon.

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