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Breast implants are not permanent medical devices and should not be expected to last forever. They can be quite durable and long lasting but given enough time, all will eventually need to be replaced or removed. Many of my patients have the misconception that implants have to be replaced every 10 years whether they are silicone or saline. This is absolutely not true. The silicone implants manufactured today can last up to 20 to 30 years or more. Saline implants on average will have to be replaced sooner. Allergan’s (an implant manufacturer) ongoing prospective Core Study of silicone breast implants noted a rupture rate of 2.7% in 4 years for primary enlargements.

Many factors influence the durability of the implants. Some of these include:

Breast augmentation is a very rewarding procedure and is associated with an extremely high satisfaction rate. Like many other things in life, (almost) nothing lasts forever and this is true of breast implants as well.


Silicone implants - Smooth (Left) and Textured (Right)

To learn more about breast implants, breast augmentation or other cosmetic surgery, contact Dr. Turkeltaub at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D.
Scottsdale and Phoenix Metropolitan Area, Arizona

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