If you’re considering breast augmentation and researching breast implants, you’ve likely read or heard about a “rule of thumb” that implants need to be replaced after 10 years. That’s a myth. Yes, some women choose to replace their implants after 10 to 15 years, but many implants last much longer than 10 years. We tell our breast augmentation patients at our Calgary plastic surgery practice that there’s no need to change implants at all if they don’t notice any concerns.
There are a number of reasons why women replace their implants at some point, and we’ll discuss those reasons in this blog post. We’ll also address what makes implant replacement surgery—usually called breast augmentation revision—different from primary breast augmentation procedures.
Why Replace Implants?
Even though we’ve seen some implants last longer than 30 years without any issues, this isn’t always the case. The reasons for needing breast augmentation revision surgery vary. It’s important to choose a plastic surgeon who regularly performs these procedures and understands the unique techniques needed for revision surgery.
Some of the most common reasons women come to our practice for revision surgery include:
Elective implant exchange
Enjoying Your Results
Our surgeons help maximize the duration of your breast implants by using specific techniques and maintaining follow-up appointments for at least a year after your initial surgery. We also tell patients that they can minimize the risk of complications by taking enough time to heal after their surgeries. It’s tempting to return to your normal daily life as soon as possible, but taking a few extra days is definitely worth it in the long run.
Our surgeons are recognized for their skill in performing breast augmentation revisions, and we serve women from Edmonton and throughout Alberta who need to have their implants replaced. You can see results enjoyed by our breast augmentation patients in our gallery of before-and-after photos. Contact us to schedule a consultation using the online form or call us at (403) 452-7953 to schedule an appointment.