Six Reasons to Consider Breast Implant Replacement

Written by Dr. Evelyn Sterling

Dr. Sterling is known for her compassionate demeanor and personalized approach, taking the time to understand each patient's unique concerns and expectations. Her dedication to patient satisfaction and safety has earned her the trust and loyalty of countless individuals seeking cosmetic enhancement.

Breast implants aren’t designed to last forever, even though they don’t come with a specific expiry date. The decision to replace them, and how often, varies based on individual circumstances like your age, health, preferences, and your surgeon’s skill level.

It’s rare for women to replace their breast implants within the first ten years, with many keeping them for several decades. In fact, only about 20% of women need a replacement within 10 years. The expertise of your surgeon plays a crucial role in the longevity of your implants. Choosing a highly skilled surgeon, along with regular follow-ups and self-checks, can help extend their lifespan.

Now, let’s delve into six common reasons women opt for breast implant replacements.

1. Desire for a Different Size

The most common reason for replacing breast implants is the desire for a change in size, often larger. Preferences can change over time, and what once seemed ideal may no longer satisfy. Deciding on a new size is a personal choice, influenced by your lifestyle and aesthetic goals. Consultation with your surgeon is key to exploring your options.

2. Natural Changes in Breast Shape

Aging, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy can alter breast appearance, leading to sagging even with implants. Implants can provide a temporary lift, but gravity and bodily changes will eventually affect their look. A breast lift alongside implant replacement can restore a more symmetrical and youthful appearance.

3. Capsular Contracture

This condition, where scar tissue tightly wraps around the implant, causing discomfort and an unnatural appearance, affects a small percentage of patients. While not highly common, it can necessitate implant replacement and removal of scar tissue to alleviate symptoms and improve breast appearance.

4. Implant Rupture or Deflation

A noticeable change in breast shape or size usually indicates a ruptured or deflated implant, necessitating prompt replacement. Regular check-ups, especially for silicone implants, are crucial for early detection of any issues.

5. Rippling of the Implant

Visible rippling, particularly with saline implants, can occur and may lead to self-consciousness. Advances in implant design have reduced this issue, but it remains a reason for some women to seek replacement, especially to enhance confidence and comfort.

6. Dissatisfaction with Augmentation Results

Not all breast augmentations meet expectations, leading some women to pursue replacement for improved symmetry or to correct other aesthetic concerns. Choosing a board-certified surgeon and having thorough consultations can significantly enhance satisfaction with the outcome.

Finding the Right Surgeon for Replacement

For those considering breast implant replacement, selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon is crucial. An in-person consultation is invaluable for discussing goals and options.