One of the most common questions I get regarding breast implants is: “will I have to replace them in ten years?” In general, “no.” Currently two companies provide FDA approved breast implants-Allergan and Mentor (see press release).
Both companies recommend replacing implants every ten years. However, if the implants are not leaking or ruptured, and you are happy with how they look and feel, there is no need to replace them. Many women have implants that they had put in over ten years ago that still look terrific!
A leak from a saline (salt water) implant gets noticed quickly because the breast rapidly shrinks in size. The body absorbs the saline. In contrast, a silicone rupture is more difficult to detect. For this reason the companies recommend an MRI every three years to make sure that the silicone implant is intact. Leak rates are slightly less than 1% a year. The risk of leakage ten years after implantation is below10%. Both companies give lifetime warranties on their implants, and will replace them if a leak or a rupture occurs.
The risks are low and the results are nothing less than beautiful! To learn more about breast implants and breast enhancements call the Laser Center of Maryland at (410) 544-4600. Our cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Jared Mallalieu, offers a free consultation to help you determine what works best for you.