Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries worldwide. Helping to enlarge and alter the shape of the breasts, this effective procedure has come a long way since it was first introduced.
Improvements in techniques haven’t just made breast implants safer, but they also last longer too. Here, we’ll look at how long breast implants typically last and the factors that can impact their longevity.
Understanding the different types of implants
How long your breast implants last will partly be determined by the type of implants you have. You can choose from different manufacturers, alongside different shapes.
There are round and teardrop-shaped implants available. The round ones are better suited to patients with well-developed breasts. The teardrop-shaped ones, on the other hand, are ideal for those with underdeveloped breasts. The latter also tends to produce more natural-looking results.
The implants are usually made from silicone and are much safer today thanks to advancements in technology. Mr Tulley uses implants from the safest and best manufacturers such as Motiva, B-Lite, Nagor, Mentor, and Sebbin. All these brands are known for their long-lasting results.
How long do implants typically last?
On average, breast implants last anywhere from 15-25 years. However, their exact lifespan will depend upon a variety of factors. They will need to be replaced as no implant will last a lifetime. It is also worth noting that advancements in implant technology will continue to improve the lifespan of implants moving forward.
The factors that can impact how long your implants last
There are several things that can impact how long your breast implants last. These include:
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Weight fluctuations
- Capsular contracture
- The surgeon’s experience
Although it is still possible to breastfeed after having implants, it can alter the shape of the breasts. For this reason, it is recommended you wait until after having children to undergo the procedure. Similarly, weight fluctuations can also cause the breasts to alter in size and shape.
Capsular contracture may also occur. This is a common risk associated with breast implants, causing fibrous scar tissue to surround the implant. It can become quite painful, as well as cause the breasts to become deformed. It is a rare complication, but it is something you need to be aware of.
Finally, the surgeon’s experience will also make a difference. Make sure you are choosing a fully qualified and skilled surgeon to ensure the best results. Mr Tulley has extensive experience in cosmetic breast surgery, and he can advise on the treatment options including which shape and profile of breast implant are most suited to you during your consultation.