How long does breast enlargement surgery last?

Breast implants are safe and tend to last for around 15 to 20 years. However, they are subject to normal ‘wear and tear’, for example, from exercising which means that this figure can vary from one individual to the next.

The most likely damage is tiny cracks in the outer shell of the implant. However the body protects the capsule by means of a natural ‘biological’ bag which forms a protective layer around the implant.

This acts as a seal which can prevent any leakage from the implant travelling to other parts of the body.

It is a good idea to have your breast implants checked after 10 years to see if there are any signs of excessive wear and tear.

A major worry for many women is the safety of silicone. Silicone gel is often preferred over saline as it gives a more natural shape. Plus it does not leak even if there has been a rupture of the implant. There have been worries about a link between cancer and breast implants but there is no concrete evidence to support this.

Capsular contracture is a condition which can happen even years after your surgery and may require further surgery. This would involve replacing the implants but this is unlikely to happen before five or ten years have passed.

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