Aesthetic Surgery of Virginia: Enrique Silberblatt, MD
3505 Brambleton Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24018
Phone: (540) 776-1600
Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

Woman with breast implants

Choosing to undergo plastic surgery is a major decision and an investment, and you want beautiful results that will last a lifetime. Because of this, many breast augmentation patients ask a similar question: How long do breast implants last? 

The answer to this question depends on many factors that go beyond the implants themselves. If you’re interested in breast augmentation in Roanoke, VA, here are a few things you need to know about implant longevity. 

How Long Do Breast Implants Actually Last?

While breast implants don’t have a specific expiration date, they aren’t guaranteed to last forever. Most saline and silicone breast implants last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. Up to 20% of women have their implants removed or replaced during this first 10-year window. Studies have shown that some breast implants can last much longer than 10 to 15 years, though, and the specific timeline depends on the individual. 

It is important to note, however, that the eventual goal of implant technology is to make them lifetime devices. Silicone breast implants were first invented in the early ’60s, and much has changed since that time. Implant materials and structures are constantly improving, and today’s models are more durable than ever before. The lifespan of these new devices is expected to be closer to 20 years or more.

When Should You Replace Breast Implants?

Breast implants technically only need to be replaced if there are complications. Implants can move or gradually change shape over time, and surgery is required to address these issues. Implants can also potentially harden, leak, or rupture—but the effect of a rupture depends on the implant. Saline ruptures are easy to spot as the size of the breast visibly decreases. “Silent” silicone ruptures are harder to notice as the gel stays inside the implant or scar tissue pocket.

Aside from complications, some women choose to exchange their implants for a simpler reason: They want to change or upgrade their look. Many patients undergo breast augmentation revision for aesthetic reasons or find they want to adjust their implants to a style that better suits their current needs. 

Things To Consider When Replacing Implants

Breast augmentation revision is a natural part of the breast augmentation journey. However, revision surgery is a slightly more complicated procedure due to the presence of scar tissue. Be sure to find an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon for this particular treatment. This is the best way to guarantee safe, satisfying results you can enjoy for years to come.

If you’re interested in breast implants here in Roanoke, VA, browse our before-and-after gallery to see real examples from our own breast augmentation patients and request a consultation online. You can also contact our helpful office staff by phone at (540) 776-1600.

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