When you undergo a cosmetic procedure such as a breast augmentation, it’s likely that the last thing on your mind is having to undergo the procedure for a second time.
However, it’s important for patients who opt to have breast implants to understand that there is a high likelihood that they will have to be replaced eventually.
This is for many reasons – over time, your body will continue to change – as will your implants. Your implants can then become displaced, deflate, or become asymmetrical.
This is why any surgeon worth their salt would suggest that you intend to replace them after around 10 years (although everybody is different).
Replacing them after around 10 years is a good way to maintain the appearance, positioning and volume that they had in the initial few years following the procedure.
In any case – whether you have implants or not – it is imperative to thoroughly inspect your breasts on a regular basis.
If you experience any of the following signs in your breast implants, it may be worth having them checked over, revised or replaced:
- Pain or tenderness in or around the breasts
- Swelling after the initial healing period
- Changes in sensation of the breast
- Changes in size or shape
- Rippling or wrinkling around the implant
Breast implants are one of the most studied procedures worldwide. If you have any qualms or questions surrounding your implants or would like to inquire about them, why not reach out to our friendly team?