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How Long Will My Breast Implants Last?

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When it comes to breast augmentation, you probably think of it as a permanent surgery. And while it is true that breast implants are a long-lasting option, they are not meant to last forever. It is important to work with a skilled surgeon to familiarize yourself with the procedure and learn about the risks associated with implants as they age. At Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery, our team hopes to give patients the resources and education they need to move forward with confidence in Dallas, TX. Learn all about breast implant safety and replacement by scheduling an appointment with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe today.

All about breast implant safety

One of the goals of breast augmentation is to increase the size or fullness of the breasts. Dr. Dauwe traditionally uses silicone or saline implants to enlarge naturally small breasts or restore breast shape after pregnancy or nursing. Reconstructive surgery may also be performed with implants as a part of breast cancer treatment and mastectomy. No matter your reason for choosing augmentation surgery, Dr. Dauwe will help patients choose the right material and size breast implant during the consultation.

Although breast implant safety may be a concern for some people, it is important to know that both silicone and saline implants are generally safe and FDA-approved for adult patients that meet certain age requirements and health standards. At our office, we can discuss any current medical conditions that may prevent you from having a successful surgery. Any incidents that do occur as a result of implants, such as rupture or hardened scar tissue (capsular contracture), can be corrected with a revision surgery at our office.

How long do breast implants last?

So, how long do breast implants last, and when should you get them replaced? As modern techniques in plastic surgery continue to advance, implants last longer and have fewer associated risks than ever. That being said, the average silicone or saline breast implants can last anywhere between 10 – 20 years. They may be removed sooner due to medical complications. For example, capsular contracture may cause discomfort or pain in the breast tissue, which may result in breast implant removal.

Women who go through pregnancy and breastfeeding after breast augmentation may also notice a sagging or drooping appearance in the bustline, which may lead to the desire for a smaller implant. Others have simply changed their minds and have made certain lifestyle changes that don’t require large implants any longer. Whatever the reason for wanting breast implant removal or replacement surgery, you can meet with Dr. Dauwe to discuss your options and learn how we can accomplish your new goals.

Breast implant replacement and costs

When breast implants require a change due to medical complications or they are no longer desired, an implant replacement or removal can restore your original appearance and shape. At Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery, we can perform revision surgery even if we were not the facility that performed the original breast augmentation. A revision procedure is sometimes more difficult when compared to augmentation, especially if there are problems with the tissue. This is why it is important to choose a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Dauwe, who has advanced training and experience performing all kinds of breast surgeries.

The cost of breast revision surgery may vary based on what is required during the procedure. At your first appointment, Dr. Dauwe will listen to your needs and goals before completing a custom surgical plan. As a way to make the surgery more affordable, the team at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery can give you more information on no-interest financing. We also accept many different forms of payment. If you have questions about breast implant replacement costs, our administrative team can help you find options to fit your needs and budget.

Schedule breast augmentation with implants

If you are interested in breast augmentation or revision surgery, let the experts at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery guide you through the process. Dr. Phillip Dauwe is always happy to be your resource for more information about breast implant replacement and has a reputation for providing top-quality care. Our staff has years of experience serving patients in the Dallas, TX area. Call us today to schedule a private consultation and learn about topics such as breast implant replacement costs, how long your breast implants may last, and more. We hope to exceed your highest expectations.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.