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- Height: 5'5"
- Age: 29
- Gender: Female
- Ethnicity: Caucasian
- Weight: 130
Do I need to exchange my implants every 10 years?
Breast implants and the breast augmentation procedure has been given the reputation that after 10 years, they need to be replaced or removed. However, unless you are unsatisfied with your breasts or having problems or issues, you do not need to exchange your implants. The most important thing is making sure the patient is happy with their breasts.
There are reasons, however that women may need or really want their implants removed and replaced.
The first is a desire to change the size of the implants. Sometimes the patient undergoes body changes that may make the implants unproportioned to the rest of the body. If this is the case the patient should discuss their long term goals with their doctor.
Another common reason for a remove and replace is a capsule contracture.
In this condition, the breast becomes feeling uncomfortable and hard. The scar tissue around the implant starts to contract and thicken, causing more pressure on the implant. Treatment for this would be going back in surgically and removing the scar tissue that is causing the problems.
In some cases the implant may rupture or deflate. If the patient has a saline implant, it will be immediately noticed. For one breast will be completely gone. If the patient has a rupture of a silicone implant, the rupture will be much harder to diagnose. A small rupture will not leak out any silicone. However a tear may allow for some to leak out. The natural capsule that has formed around the implant in the body will contain the leaking silicone.
Capsule contracture and implant rupture or deflation are the most common reasons for getting the implants removed and replaced. If you have any concerns you should contact your doctor immediately.