Why Do Breast Implants Require Replacement?

side view of young woman in white brassiere underwear put hand on chestThe decision to undergo cosmetic surgery can be difficult, and it is worth weighing all of the risks against the expected result. However, recent advancements in cosmetic surgery have led to even better results while continuing to reduce the overall risks.

One of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures is a great example. Breast augmentation has been used for decades to help women achieve a fuller-looking chest or help restore their appearance after other medical issues or injuries.

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia, which is considered to have permanent results. However, before breast augmentation surgery, it is important to know breast implants, regardless of the type, will eventually require replacement or removal.

The materials and construction of saline and silicone implants have led to much longer lifespans, with healthy implants lasting up to 15 years. However, the implant material slowly degrades over time and will require replacement. Impact or injury to the breast or implants can also cause rupturing.

When saline implants rupture, there is a much more noticeable deflation as the saline fluid leaks out of the implant sack. With the exception of requiring prompt surgical intervention to resolve, this does not pose a serious health concern.

On the other hand, silicone implants do not always have such a dramatic change in appearance if ruptured. Modern silicone formulations have led to implants that stay together, even if ruptured. Although this may still be visible outside the skin and appear as lumpy or wrinkled material, there is a much less significant decrease in the appearance.

Regardless of the type of implant chosen, breast augmentation surgery is very safe and can provide you with the look you want. Although replacement surgery will eventually be needed, this procedure is relatively easy, and since your body has already adapted to the implant material, the recovery is generally easier.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Schaffer can provide a comprehensive breast augmentation consultation and walk you through the procedure, risks, and what happens during replacement surgery. Call Dr. Schaffer in San Antonio, TX, at 210-227-3223 or visit www.eschaffer.com to schedule a consultation today.

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