How long will breast implants last?

When considering the purchase of any new item, consumers will ask similar questions. How much does it cost, what does it look like, how long will it last? For women considering breast implants, a quick internet search should give a rough indication of how much it will cost; there are now many providers of breast augmentation surgery, and often examples brought to our attention in the media are supplemented with at least some reference to the price tag. The aesthetic benefits of this purchase are also clear to understand, but longevity is not something that is widely discussed. Just how long will breast implants last?

A permanent fix?

Despite the perception that implant surgery is permanent, as with any long-term purchase, there is a degree of upkeep, or maintenance required. Also, in some cases, things can go wrong.

As breast specialist Mr Sudip Ghosh explains, implants can typically last anything from 10 to 20 years, although there are no hard and fast rules. The simple truth is that it differs from woman to woman and can vary enormously. Accordingly to the NHS, one in every three women will need further surgery in the first 10 years after their initial breast augmentation, so it is important to be mindful of any changes that you can see or feel, and consult your original cosmetic surgeon if you have any concerns at all.

What are the risks?

Implants are made from one of two materials – silicone or saline – and surgeons could recommend either as both are clinically proven to be safe. However, with any man-made product, things sometimes don’t always go entirely to plan. If something goes wrong with either the process or the product, then it could result in implants needing to be removed or replaced earlier than might be expected.

Inside and out

There are two common complications with breast augmentation surgery that can affect the length of time your implants will last. One of which is external and is could happen relatively soon after the operation, the other is internal and can happen at any time.

Externally, the breast may feel hard, with a tightening of the skin in the months after the operation. This issue can be caused by contraction of the skin when scar tissue forms, which may require further surgery to resolve. Internally, there is the risk of a ruptured (or leaking) implant, which can be more serious, and will definitely require surgical assistance.

Saline filled implants are statistically more likely to rupture due to the more fluid nature of the contents. However, if saline leaks into the body is will not cause serious side effects. Silicone, by comparison, is less likely to leak from the implants, but the effects of a rupture are more serious. The recent high profile case of faulty PIP implants demonstrates how problematic it can be when things do go wrong, and how it can be more than just aesthetics that are affected when problems do occur.

Mr Sudip Ghosh will explain all possible complications in your Milton Keynes breast augmentation consultation, as well as showing you the benefits to be achieved from this cosmetic surgery procedure.