If you are considering breast augmentation and evaluating which type of breast implant would be more suitable for you, you’re probably wondering – Do certain implants last longer than others? There are a lot of factors to consider, so it’s advisable to discuss this and other important questions with your plastic surgeon.
Types of breast implants
Breast implants typically have an outer shell made of silicone, and are filled with either silicone gel (silicone implants), or sterile salt water (saline implants). Implants also vary based on shape, size, and texture, so the choice will depend on the individual needs of each patient.
Do certain breast implants last longer than others?
Breast implants are not guaranteed to last a lifetime, so it is possible that future replacement surgery may be needed. Saline and silicone breast implants have a similar life expectancy, so they typically last about the same time.
Breast implants made by large manufacturers such as Allergan and Mentor do come with warranties, so patients should check these details when making inquiries about breast augmentation. However, it’s been estimated that breast implants typically last for about 14 years.
Breast implants may last longer than the average, as its possible for implants to still do well after 20 years or more. However, implants will have to be replaced if they deflate or rupture, or is some other complication such as capsular contracture, or bottoming out occurs. The shell of the implant may also fail after a number of years.
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