Millions of women opt for breast implants each year. Whether it’s because they are dissatisfied with the size of their breasts or because they’ve lost volume, breast implants are an effective option. However, there are some considerations and questions every woman should consider before cosmetic surgery. During your research, it’s likely that you’ll find that you need to replace breast implants after a certain period of time. This idea came about from a report by the Food and Drug Administration from 2011. This report discussed the safety of silicone implants in particular and claimed that one in every five women required either replacement implants or a revision surgery after 10 years. This is not necessarily a causative relationship, so it’s important to have the right information as you plan your consultation.
Do I Need to Replace My Breast Implants Over Time?
Although it is true that some women, generally around one out of every five, may need a further procedure after getting her breast implants, four out of every five will not need it. This means that four out of five women who get breast implants still enjoy them a full decade after their breast augmentation surgery. So, it’s not necessarily guaranteed that you will need to replace your implants over time.
Why is an Additional Procedure Even Necessary?
It’s also worth noting that in the majority of cases where women need an additional procedure after getting implants, it may not be for the reason that most people might think. Breast implants very rarely have issues like deflation or ruptures since this only accounts for around 3 percent of all breast augmentations. In reality, the reason for additional procedures, such as a revision, is simply due to personal choice where she decides she prefers a different size implant or has some other need.
Top Reasons for an Additional Procedure After Breast Implants
There are generally three chief reasons why women choose to have revisional surgery after getting breast implants. These include:
• Deflation or rupture: In very rare situations, saline or silicone implants may deflate or rupture over time. When that happens, revision surgery is required.
• Development of capsule contracture: In some cases, scar tissue can form around the breast after implant placement. It can result in hardening, repositioning, or misshaping of the breast, which can be corrected with another procedure.
• Dissatisfaction with results or preference for a different breast size: Most commonly, a woman may not like how her implants came out or may be unhappy with her new breast size and request a revision.
Schedule a Consultation
Whether you’re looking at revisional surgery or want to explore your options with breast augmentation, Dr. Ellen can help. To get started, contact our office in Birmingham by calling or filling out our online form.