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What Is The Shelf Life Of Breast Implants?

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular choices in the plastic surgery world. People inside and outside of the entertainment world flock to surgeons on a daily basis to get this procedure completed. With the many improvements made to this type of surgery in the last few years, patients can have the full, evenly shaped and natural looking breast that they’ve been dreaming about. Not only can the surgery change the way a person looks, it can change the way they feel about themselves. When you have an improved sense of confidence, the opportunities for what you can accomplish are endless.

Breast Implants

Commonly referred to as breast implants, the procedure enlarges your breasts with implants made from saline or silicone. Dr. Sliwin’s office describes the difference as:

  • Saline implants – These implants are filled with salt water, like IV fluid. They tend to cost less than silicone implants, and they also require a smaller incision. However, saline implants have a somewhat less natural feel than silicone implants.

  • Silicone implants – Silicone gel is the filling for this type of implant. While they require a longer incision and have a somewhat higher cost, they deliver a more natural feel than saline implants. They also have a lower chance of developing a “rippled” texture.

One of the most commonly asked questions about breast augmentation is about the shelf life of the implants. There is a myth that breast implants need to be changed every 10 years which is incorrect. Unless you are experiencing problems or discomfort, breast implants done by a certified professional should last a lifetime. You will more than likely still have to come in for check-ups and examinations, however, you should not need to have them redone unless a problem develops which is in the minority of cases. Watch this video that provides patients with important information and answers to many FAQ’s about breast augmentation. The video is non-graphic and uses 3D animation to give patients an overview of the surgery.

Regardless of your reasoning for wanting breast implants, it is important to weigh the risks and benefits of the surgery appropriately as you would with any surgery. Take your time and speak openly with your surgeon. As the expert, they will be able to provide you with guidance and lead you in the right direction which will eventually lead to you making your final decision. Book a consultation with Dr. Sliwin to discuss your breast implant goals!

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