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How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

Breast Augmentation in San Diego, CAMany patients are drawn to the breast augmentation procedure because of the appeal of life-long breast enhancements. However, the belief that these procedures can produce life-long results may be incorrect. Although breast implants are designed to last a lifetime, the truth is, many of them are replaced at some point. In reality, breast implants are replaced after about 15 years. Don’t worry, this isn’t a firm rule because of the breast implants themselves – it’s more a preference of the patient who has them. Below, we’ll break down what you need to know about how long breast implants last.

10 to 20+ Years

There’s a false belief that breast implants last only 10 years, which is an estimate made with outdated information and a breast implant manufacturing process that is no longer accurate. Today, breast implants are carefully engineered to last decades, even in the event of a rupture. This means that today’s breast implants are much safer than they used to be, and patients don’t necessarily need to worry about replacing their implants during their lifetime.

… Until They Get Removed or Replaced

That being said, many patients choose to replace or remove their implants at some point in their life. This can happen for a number of reasons. For starters, patients may choose to remove their breast implants if they’re no longer happy with the size of their implants. These patients may choose to go back to their natural breast size, or they may choose to replace them with new implants that are better aligned with their cosmetic goals. In either case, the implants are simply removed as a matter of personal preference, but not due to any sort of expiration of the implants themselves.


In some cases, though, there may be an issue with the breast implant that requires them to be removed and/or replaced. For example, if there is some sort of complication with the implant, such as a rupture, hardening or a shift in positioning, the implant will need to be removed for both cosmetic and health reasons. In these cases, the patient then has the option to permanently remove the implants or replace them with new ones.

Breast Implant Removal/Replacement

For patients who require breast implant removal or replacement, the procedure is not unlike the initial breast augmentation surgery. An incision will be made in the breasts in order to access and remove the implants, and in many cases, the incision location that was used for your initial surgery can be used again to prevent any additional scarring. Keep in mind that breast implant replacement will require a slightly longer surgery, and may lengthen the recovery process following your treatment.


If you are seeking breast implant removal or replacement, contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Pollack.


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Pollack Plastic Surgery

3720 Fourth Avenue
San Diego CA 92103

Tel: (619)639-7999