How Long Do Breast Implants Last, and Will I Need Future Surgeries?

November 27, 2023 hairtransplant

Breast augmentation is a transformative procedure that enhances breast size and shape using implants. While the results of breast augmentation can be long-lasting, it’s essential to understand that breast implants are not considered permanent. Over time, factors such as aging, lifestyle changes, and implant wear and tear can influence the longevity of your breast implants. 

In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the typical lifespan of breast implants, factors that can impact their durability, and whether you may need future surgeries to maintain your desired results.

The Lifespan of Breast Implants

Breast implants are designed to be durable and resilient, but they are not immune to the effects of time and aging. On average, breast implants can last between 10 to 20 years or more. However, the actual lifespan of your breast implants can vary based on several factors:

Implant Type:

The type of breast implant you choose can impact its longevity. Silicone gel implants tend to have a more stable shape and may last longer than saline implants, which are prone to deflation.

Lifestyle Factors:

Your lifestyle choices can influence the lifespan of your breast implants. Factors such as weight fluctuations, smoking, and high-impact physical activities can accelerate implant wear and affect their appearance over time.


As your body naturally ages, the skin and tissues around your breasts may change, potentially affecting the appearance of your implants. Skin laxity and changes in breast tissue can impact the overall aesthetic of your augmented breasts.


Complications such as implant rupture, leakage, or capsular contracture (scar tissue formation around the implant) can necessitate implant replacement or revision surgery.

Signs That Your Breast Implants May Need Replacement

While breast implants can have a long lifespan, it’s essential to monitor your implants and be aware of potential signs that they may need replacement or revision surgery. Some common indicators include:

  1. Implant Rupture or Leakage:

If you notice a change in the shape, size, or feel of your breasts, it could be a sign of implant rupture or leakage. Silicone implant ruptures may be less obvious, so regular monitoring and imaging (MRI) may be necessary to detect silent ruptures.

  1. Changes in Appearance:

Changes in the appearance of your augmented breasts, such as asymmetry, rippling, or sagging, may indicate a need for revision surgery.

  1. Capsular Contracture:

Capsular contracture can cause breast firmness, discomfort, and distortion. If you experience these symptoms, revision surgery may be necessary to address the issue.

  1. Implant Age:

If your breast implants have reached the 10 to 20-year mark or if you are experiencing any of the above signs, it’s essential to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to assess the condition of your implants.

Future Surgeries and Implant Replacement

While breast implant replacement or revision surgery may be necessary at some point, it’s not always a guarantee. The decision to undergo revision surgery depends on individual circumstances, including your overall health, aesthetic goals, and the condition of your implants.

When considering future surgeries, it’s important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation and revision procedures, such as Dr. Gartner at Gartner Plastic Surgery. During your consultation, your surgeon will:

  • Evaluate the condition of your breast implants and assess any concerns.
  • Discuss your aesthetic goals and whether you wish to maintain or change the size or type of implants.
  • Create a customized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and aspirations.

Tips for Maintaining Your Breast Implants

To prolong the lifespan of your breast implants and reduce the likelihood of complications, consider the following tips:

Tip 1. Regular Monitoring:

Schedule regular check-ups with your plastic surgeon to monitor the condition of your breast implants. This can help detect and address issues early.

Tip 2. Maintain a Stable Weight:

Fluctuations in weight can impact the appearance and durability of breast implants. Maintaining a stable weight can help preserve your results.

Tip 3. Avoid Smoking:

Smoking can increase the risk of complications and implant-related issues. Quitting or avoiding smoking can benefit your overall health and the longevity of your breast implants.

Tip 4. Protect Against Trauma:

Avoid activities or habits that can lead to trauma or injury to the chest area, as this can affect the integrity of your breast implants.

Learn More About Breast Implants in NJ

Breast implants are not lifetime devices, and their longevity can vary based on several factors. While breast augmentation results can be long-lasting, it’s important to monitor your implants for any changes or signs that may indicate a need for future surgeries. If you are considering breast augmentation or are concerned about the condition of your existing implants, consult with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Gartner at Gartner Plastic Surgery. A personalized evaluation and consultation can help you make informed decisions to maintain your desired breast appearance and overall satisfaction. Give us a call or fill out a contact form to learn more! 



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