Why Breast Augmentation Is Not Permanent

Woman in white bra covering her small breast with her handsBreast augmentation has been a proven and safe way for women to achieve a fuller and more toned appearance of their chest. The advancements in surgical techniques and the materials used for the implants have further decreased the risks of severe or adverse effects while giving even better-looking results.

Although breast augmentation surgery is very successful at helping achieve the aesthetic enhancement you want, it is still a somewhat invasive surgical procedure. The recovery after the procedure can take up to 6 weeks to a few months.

The aesthetic improvements from breast augmentation surgery are long-lasting and generally do not require any other follow-up treatment or appointment after full recovery. However, the results are not permanent and will eventually require replacement or removal.

In general, breast implants, regardless of whether saline or silicone implants are used, last at least 10 years, with some lasting up to 15 years. Although there is a finite lifespan for the implants, rarely are there issues that arise as the near the time replacement is needed.

Along with differences in the shapes of the implants, the material used will change how they may change as they near needing a replacement. As the lining of saline implants ages, it becomes more delicate and, if ruptured, tends to deflate completely. This is almost immediately noticeable and requires prompt treatment to reduce the likelihood of complications.

Silicone implants, on the other hand, especially with the advancements in materials used, do not rupture in the same way. If for some reason, the implant does not stay together, it is much less of a rupture like it is with saline implants. Instead, the pieces of silicone tend to stay together. This still requires prompt attention but is much less visible.

If you are considering breast augmentation or have already had breast augmentation and wonder when you might need to replace the implants, call UMass Memorial Cosmetic Surgery Center in Worcester, MA, at 508-334-5990 or visit www.cosmeticsurgicenter.com to learn more or to schedule a consultation.

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