Nothing lasts forever.
That adage applies to breast implants, too. When a woman makes the important decision to have her breast augmented, she also needs to consider the possibility of future implant revision surgery. In most cases of augmentation, the patient will need at least one additional/revision surgery in her life.
Now, there are cases where implants last for 30 years, without leakage and without capsular contraction. But this is the exception. Most surgeons estimate the average implant lifespan in the range of 10 to 15 years. Leakage or rupture is more prevalent at that point.
Beyond replacing a ruptured or damaged implant, there are other reasons to replace your implants:
- You seek to change the size.
- Capsular contraction around the implant needs to be addressed.
- You want to correct or change the outcome from your original augmentation.
- You have had weight fluctuation and the tissue surrounding the implant has changed.
At our plastic surgery & spa, Dr. Gurley will consult with you about your implant revision options. Maybe the implants need to be re-positioned, maybe the breast tissue needs to be lifted. The goal is to feel as good, or even better, about your revision surgery as you did with your original augmentation.
The revision procedure is usually only about one quarter as painful as the original surgery and recovery, unless there is extensive capsular contraction. The same incision location from the original surgery can be used. Sometimes, though, patients seek to move the implants from in front of the breast muscle to behind it. Obviously, this can’t be done through the original incision.
So, whether you think you may have leakage or contracture in your original implants, or whether you wish to change their size, shape, or position, set up a consultation with Dr. Gurley. Her expertise will ensure your satisfaction with your implants.