How often do you need to replace breast implants?In a technical sense, breast implants do not have an expiration date, but the results of your primary breast augmentation plastic surgery are not expected to last a lifetime. On average, your saline or silicone implants could last between 10 and 20 years, and sometimes even more. However, according to FDA data, one in five women may have to get the implants removed or replaced within the first 10 years.

Board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin at Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery provide cosmetic and reconstructive procedures for the breast, body and face to patients in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia, and surrounding locations.

Will you need to remove implants too often?

Some women are reluctant to go ahead with breast augmentation surgery because they may believe that an implant removal and replacement procedure would be required too often. This is a myth because in most cases, a woman may only need to remove or replace implants just once in her lifetime.

With new advanced qualities in breast implants, manufacturers are willing to offer a lifetime warranty. While it does not mean your implants will last forever, the fact is that if you have had your augmentation procedure from an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon, you can usually expect to enjoy the results for 15 to 20 years or more.

When is implant removal necessary?

Breast implant removal plastic surgery may be essential in the following situations:

The scar tissue enveloping your breast implants may have become hardened, causing tenderness, tightness and pain in the breasts, and perhaps abnormal physical appearance of the breasts. Your saline implants may have developed a hole or a tear, resulting in the deflation of the implant. Although the saline will get reabsorbed naturally by your body without causing you any harm, you will need to remove or replace the deflated implants because the deflation will be obvious from outside. If a rupture occurs in your silicone implants, you may not even notice it because the viscous silicone gel may stay contained within the implant shell or the surrounding scar tissue, even when it is damaged. However, once the implant damage is detected in an MRI or otherwise, it’s crucial to have your breast implants removed or replaced so that the silicone gel does not pose any risk of spreading to other parts of the body. Implant rippling and shifting of implants from their position are two other typical concerns that may occur in some cases. These conditions will become obvious on the surface of your breast skin, making it necessary to have your implants removed or replaced for cosmetic reasons.

Change of Personal Preferences

If you want to change the type or size of your breast implants at some point in the future, you may choose to do so with a breast implant exchange surgery. Aging may also cause your breast skin to sag, and you may feel the necessity to go through an implant removal or replacement along with a breast lift.

Plastic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia, and nearby areas for plastic surgery procedures.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

Serving Richmond, VA, Fredricksburg, Williamsburg, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington and surrounding communities.

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