Your breast implants can be with you for a long time, but they are not meant to last a lifetime. At some point, you will probably need to have an implant exchange or removal if you choose. There are a few things that can occur to indicate that you need to remove your current implants.
You Change Your Mind
While you might have really wanted large implants at the time, you might be wishing you had gone smaller. Or maybe you were too modest with your implant size and now want larger ones. In these cases, you can have an implant exchange where your old implants are taken out and replaced with new ones. In some cases, women decide they no longer want implants at all. An implant removal can be done to give women their natural breasts back.
Implants Exceeding Lifespan
Implants generally last about ten years but could require a replacement sooner or much later. Your chances of experiencing a rupture increases the longer you have your implants, so having a replacement procedure can make ruptures less frequent and prevent complications. Regular visits to your plastic surgeon are necessary to check on the condition of your implants. If you have silicone implants, an MRI is also required every few years. An MRI can detect signs of a rupture and leakage that your surgeon cannot.
Rippling or Hardening
Rippling can occur over time because of pressure placed on the implants from the body. Folds in the shell can give a rippling appearance, indicating that your implants should be replaced. Implants can also start to harden and become over-firm or shift in position. In these cases, women choose to have a fresh implant placed so they can feel happy and confident with their breasts again!
If you wish to have an implant removal or replacement procedure, contact our office today. Dr. Golosow will discuss your concerns with you and determine the best course of treatment.