How long is the life of the breast prosthesis?
Occasionally in newspapers, there are articles about how frequently breast implants should be replaced. In fact, breast implants are not structures that have a certain lifetime, like spare parts, that need to be replaced when that lifetime is over. The lifetime of the prosthesis, especially with silicone sheath and gel, is far above the human life span.
For this reason, it is not right that the implants should be replaced after a certain period of time. So, shouldn't the breast implants ever need to be replaced?
Of course, for some medical or aesthetic reasons, the breast implants may need to be replaced.
What are the medical reasons for changing the breast implants?
Although it is one of the most compatible substances in the human body, silicone used in breast implants is a foreign substance. In rare cases, the body may show a reaction to the silicone implants placed in the body. When this reaction is at a high level, a stiffness and a deformed appearance may result, which is called capsule contracture. Sometimes, pain may also accompany this condition. Solution to this problem may be possible by opening the capsule and replacing the implant.
For some reasons, deterioration of the implant sheath, loss of content, or an excessive reaction of the body to the implant by creating fluid may also necessitate new operations.
What are the aesthetic reasons for changing breast implants?
Significant asymmetries, implant being too small or too large, because of miscommunication, sagging and deformities caused by gaining and losing weight over time or depending on pregnancies may also be a cause for reoperations.
It should not be forgotten that the ideal implant size and shape can be determined not only by the individual's request , but also by the measurements and proposals made by the surgeon. A definite size cannot be guaranteed and a good briefing before surgery greatly reduces the likelihood of re-surgery.