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How long do breast implants last?

Previous manufacturer recommendations that were communicated were to replace breast implants after 10 years. As a result, patients were encouraged to seek a breast augmentation revision to ensure the best, long-lasting results. Recent advancements in breast implant technology have essentially eliminated this “expiration date.” A good general rule is, if the breast implant is not causing problems, women can forego a breast augmentation revision. The new FDA approved cohesive gel implant has proven to be much more durable along with saline implants, and implants can last much longer than previous versions. As opposed to a set expiration date, the need to replace breast implants is now based upon individual circumstances, as opposed to a set expiration date.

If you have breast implants that are over 10 years old and you haven’t had any issues with your implants, you no longer have to be concerned about replacing them right away. However, if you have had issues with your implant like capsular contracture or deflated saline breasts, a Beverly Hills Breast Augmentation Revision may be necessary to replace damaged breast implants. In cases where the implant may have ruptured, it’s important to note that saline is naturally absorbed into the body. If a cohesive gel implant is ruptures, the silicone maintains its shape and does not leak into the body.

Whether you have saline or silicone breast implants, the longevity of the implants will be determined by your individual circumstances. In many cases, breast enhancement can deliver life-long results. If breast implants are intact and aren’t causing any issues, breast implant replacement is not actually necessary. Rather than adhering to a given expiration date, the overall health of breast implants should be a factor in deciding if a breast augmentation revision is necessary.

If you are considering Breast Augmentation or Breast Augmentation Revision in Beverly Hills, but have more questions concerning the longevity of new advanced breast implants, Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Raffi Hovsepian. He meets with each patient individually to determine which procedure will deliver the best long-term and natural-looking results.