Austin-Weston specializes in breast enhancement surgery, including breast implants, breast augmentation, breast lifts and breast reductions for Northern Virginia, Maryland & Washington, DC.

If you are considering breast augmentation, one of your concerns may be when you might have to have a second surgery to remove or replace your breast implants. You may have heard or read that you might need surgery after a certain period to replace your breast implants and prevent rupture, but this is untrue. Breast implants are meant to last indefinitely, and there is no need for them to be removed unless there is a problem with the implants.

Like many other technical questions, this issue is best discussed in person.

Built to Last

When an implant ruptures, you need a second surgery to remove and replace that breast implant, and, often, its partner. Nobody wants you to have a second surgery, not you, not us, and not the breast implant manufacturers. Breast implants are designed by their manufacturers to last indefinitely. In fact, longevity of implants is one of the selling points that implant manufacturers use to sell their implants, and one of the factors we use to determine which implants we use in our breast enlargement procedures.

Nothing Lasts Forever

However, despite our best wishes, everything in this world is fleeting, and that includes breast implants. Breast implants can rupture, and some statistics imply that the rate may increase with time. This means that your breast implants may rupture at some point, but we don’t know when that will be, and for that reason we do not recommend any preventative surgery to remove and replace your implants. Although some implants last only a few years, others can last decades, and removing your implants simply for the risk of a rupture does not seem to us to be a good practice.

When Reoperation Is Necessary

Of course, if your breast implants do rupture, it is necessary to remove them. In the case of saline breast implants, the breast will deflate, leaving a very unsatisfactory appearance. In the case of silicone breast implants, the breast may seem fine, but silicone will leak into the implant pocket, which may increase your risk of capsular contracture and infection. In either case, rupture requires that your implants be removed and replaced.

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More often, though, it is the flesh and not the implant that fails. Many women find that with age their breasts no longer look as good as they did when first done. Similar to the normal aging process that makes many women seek a breast lift or breast reduction with age, women often request breast augmentation revision surgery after a number of years to freshen up their appearance.