Women with Implants
Revision / Replacement
It is important that women with breast implants keep in mind that like the majority of medical devices, breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime. Ideally, women with breast implants should have an annual examination by a board-certified plastic surgeon to check to see if their implants need to be replaced.
In most cases, women with implants may need to have at least one or more surgeries for routine implant replacement. Often times women will come up with additional reasons for having revision surgery other than just to replace the breast implants.
Leakage is a common reason why women may need more surgery, which can occur in both saline and silicone devices. With saline implants it may be easier to notice a leak as the breast becomes softer and smaller. Silicone gel implants may not be as apparent as with saline implants. Leaks in silicone implants are usually self-contained and leak out in the capsule or pocket of the implant. It is highly recommended to have a mammogram or possibly an ultrasound to help detect any possible leakage.
There are numerous reasons women wish or need to have implant revision. Some of the most common reasons why women may decide to have implant replacements include:
Women decide to have bigger or smaller implants
A woman's body changes with aging and desires breast implants to be in proportion to these changes
Breast implants may have an "empty" appearance at the top of the bust line
There is the occurrence of implant rippling or other distortions of shape and or implant hardening