What are the main reasons for replacing breast implants?

One reason is capsular contracture. This is the condition in which scar tissue thickens to the point that it distorts the shape of the implant. The body naturally produces this scar tissue or ‘capsule’ as a protective barrier over the implant. The problem arises when this scar tissue starts to increase in size and compresses the implant.

This capsule needs to be broken in order to release the tension around the implant. The implant is removed from the special breast pocket and if damaged, will be replaced. If it is intact then it will be reinserted into the pocket.

Other reasons include wanting smaller or bigger implants; rippling, migration, extrusion and deflation.

Another important reason is that of limited shelf life: breast implants last for many years but not forever. Silicone gel implants tend to last up to 18 years whereas saline implants average 12 to 14 years.

We would recommend that you have your breast implants checked after 10 years. If you wish to preserve the size of your new breasts then you will be looking at replacement implants after 10 to 15 years.

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