Cosmetic surgery is a difficult and very personal decision. When undergoing a procedure like breast augmentation, many patients want to know how long they can expect their results to last. In regards to breast implants, the longevity will vary based on the person. While they typically last about 10 years on average, different factors can influence this timespan. Complications may occur, such as a leak or rupture, especially after you’ve had the implants for several years. This is why you should be aware of how your implants look and feel, helping you detect any possible changes.
Depending on the type of breast implants you receive, you may or may not notice if there is an issue. Saline implants, for example, are filled with a saltwater solution, and if a leak or rupture occurs, you’ll most likely notice the implant begin to deflate and potentially ripple. Silicone implants, on the other hand, are more difficult to detect problems with since the material typically remains inside the breast pocket even when ruptured. However, you may begin to notice slight changes in the shape of your breast.
In the end, you shouldn’t need to worry about the state of your breast implants unless you have noticed a change in their shape or size, or you have had them for a long period of time. If you are concerned that a problem may be present, please don’t hesitate to meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon to evaluate their condition.