Q&A: I HAVE HAD BREAST IMPLANTS FOR 14 YEARS. HOW LONG DO BREAST IMPLANTS LAST?


"I have had breast implants for 14 years and I am now developing a large rash under my left breast, and it hurts and I feel a lot of air pockets. One doctor told me to replace them every 10 years and another told me you never have to replace them."

 

DR. POUSTI: Breast implant exchange myth.

There is no time limit as to when or if you need to exchange your breast implants. I have heard from patients that they have heard that breast implants need to be changed every 10 years. The only reason you need to exchange your breast implants is if you are having a problem with them or if you would like to change the size. Some of the potential complications that may arise would be deflation, capsular contracture, bottoming out, or just size change. If you are happy with the size of your breast implants and are having no problems, you don’t need to do anything.

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