If It's Been 10 Years Since You Got Your Breast Implants, It May Be Time for Breast Revision Surgery

Breast implants are not lifetime devices. Although the shell and its contents may stay good for much longer, the 10-year mark is a good time to consider if your implants are 100% satisfactory. There are many reasons to pursue breast revision surgery, with aesthetics and medical concerns chief among them.

It’s a good idea to get an MRI every three years, the only foolproof way to double check that everything is still intact.

If you’re ready to update your implants, Dr. Tom Pousti and the rest of our team at Pousti Plastic Surgery can help. Dr. Pousti is a world-renowned plastic surgeon with patients across the globe. He’ll work with you to create a custom breast revision plan to ensure that your next 10 years will be as good as the first decade.

Here are a few common reasons patients choose breast revision surgery.

Going a size up

Sometimes, the new size doesn't measure up to what you wanted. FDA statistics show that more than one-third of all revisions are performed to switch to a larger implant size.


Conversely, some women are at a point in life where they no longer want larger breasts. For these patients, a revision could mean full removal or going a couple sizes down. In many cases, this procedure is combined with a breast lift, which should help offset any potential sagging or stretching caused by the original implants.

An upgrade or style change

The 10-year mark is a great chance to upgrade to newer implants. Some patients may choose to switch from saline implants to softer, more realistic silicone ones. For women who already have silicone, better versions may be available or they may wish to switch to a different style.

Capsular contraction

Although scar tissue forms a capsule around the implant to keep it in place, sometimes the capsule contracts, and it pushes on the implant. This can cause pain, discomfort, or a change in the shape of the breast. Revision surgery could replace the implant or remove it.

Revision surgery may also include removal of the capsule, as it will still impact breast shape even without the implant.

Rupture or leak

A rupture, which can occur with either a saline or silicone implant, would also make a revision necessary. The change is typically more obvious with saline implants, as the saline is absorbed by the body and the implant deflates.

To discuss breast revision surgery with Dr. Pousti, call our San Diego office or book an appointment online today.

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