July 6th, 2012 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD
When contemplating breast augmentation surgery, many Marin County women ask how long breast implants will last. There is no way to know how, as it is different for everyone. There isn’t an expiration date on them. If you are not having a problem, they do not need to be replaced. You should be prepared to have breast revision surgery at least once in your life.
Basically all breast implants have the same design. They are made up of a silicone envelope and filled with either saline or silicone gel. Breast implants can develop a tear or hole. Ruptures or deflations can happen if there is a severe blow to the chest or aging of the implant. If implants are old, it is possible that they can rupture during a mammogram. Saline implants have a valve. If the valve is defective, or breaks, it will deflate.
Recent advancements for breast implants have made them safer and longer lasting than ever. Breast implant manufacturers stand behind their products and give them a lifetime replacement warranty. They also extend a ten year warranty for reimbursement of some of the surgical costs, if breast revision surgery becomes necessary.