Breast augmentation is, undoubtedly, one of the most popular and in-demand procedures across the country year after year. Not only can breast augmentation help women achieve a stunning, feminine, and dramatically enhanced figure, but the results are typically long-lasting and require virtually no maintenance. However, patients considering breast augmentation should be aware that breast implants are not meant to last forever, and that replacement, revision, or removal will likely be necessary at some point in their lifetime.
The expert team at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, led by board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. John Layliev, is highly knowledgeable and experienced regarding Long Island, NY breast implant removal and replacement. Learn more here about breast implant removal, including why you may need it and what you can expect after the procedure.
How long do breast implants last?
One of the most common misconceptions when it comes to breast augmentation is that the implants last forever. While it is true that women can potentially enjoy their gorgeous new look for a lifetime, the implants themselves will likely require replacement at some point. Generally speaking, breast implants should last for about ten years – or much longer, in some cases – before a replacement is needed. However, there are some scenarios that may lead to the need for implant removal or replacement before that.
Which kind of breast implant lasts the longest?
Both saline and silicone breast implants have been shown to be extremely durable and have relatively similar lifespans. The choice between saline and silicone gel implants is, ultimately, a personal one. Many patients and surgeons agree that silicone implants look and feel more like natural breasts, making them a popular choice. However, younger patients may be better suited to saline implants, as they are the only FDA-approved option for women under the age of 22. During your initial consultation, Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev will thoroughly discuss your individual needs and concerns to determine which type of breast implant may help you best achieve your cosmetic goals.
How do I know when my breast implants need replacing?
While breast augmentation complications and implant malfunctions are relatively rare, they can occur and usually lead to the need for implant replacement. Oftentimes, these problems will be obvious to the patient, though in some cases, imaging studies may be necessary to identify the issue. Some of the most common situations that result in the need for breast implant removal or replacement in Long Island, NY include:
- Capsular contracture
- Breast implant rupture
- Deflated implant (saline)
- Surgical error
- Implants are too small or too large
- Breast asymmetry
- Breast implant illness (extremely rare)
- Change in personal preference
- Desire a change from saline to silicone, or vice-versa
- Age-related changes
- Changes caused by pregnancy/breastfeeding
If you are experiencing any of the problems or symptoms above, it may be time to schedule an evaluation with one of our renowned surgeons to determine if breast implant removal or revision is appropriate for you.
How do I avoid breast implant malfunction?
Arguably, one of the most effective ways to ensure a successful procedure and long-lasting results is to choose a highly qualified, experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your breast augmentation. Drs. Romanelli and Layliev use the most advanced techniques and tools available to help Long Island, NY patients achieve their ideal result the first time around and minimize the potential need for revision. For example, Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery is proud to offer the innovative VECTRA3D Breast Imaging System. This advanced technology gives the patient an opportunity to see what a certain size and style of implant may look like on her own body, allowing her to make a more informed implant selection and avoid an unexpected outcome.
What happens when you get breast implants removed?
Many women who experience implant complications are, understandably, concerned about how they will look and feel after breast implant removal. Fortunately, most patients are able to have new implants placed when the old ones are removed, effectively restoring the feminine, filled-out figure they have become used to over the years. In cases when a patient prefers not to have new implants placed, the breast skin may be stretched out and give the patient a deflated appearance after implant removal. Breast lift surgery is often used to correct this and give the patient a more natural-appearing, youthful, and appealing contour.
Am I ready for breast implant replacement?
The best way to determine whether or not it may be time to replace or remove your breast implants is to be evaluated by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. If you think you may have a breast implant malfunction or complication, or if you simply desire a change for personal reasons, call the friendly Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery team in Huntington, NY today to schedule your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. John Layliev.