Life expectancy.

I have been informed that the life expectancy on a breast implant is 10-15 years. After that time, the implant needs to be removed and replaced. If the implant does not give you any problems, do they still need to be removed?

Hunter January 10th, 2016 NSW

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    Mr Kourosh Tavakoli

    Kourosh Tavakoli

    44 answers

    Plastic Surgeon
    New South Wales, Australia

    Hello Hunter,

    The average "life-span" of an implant is generally 10-15 years. Each individual is different and even a person's age, skin quality, history of weight loss, childbirth or breast feeding can be contributing factors to why people may need their implants replaced. 

    I advise my patients to undergo their normal breast screening and examinations (using ultrasound or MRI instead of mammogram), and if you have any concerns about your implants see your GP or specialist who will refer you to a local medical imaging facility to examine the breast and the implant.

    Kind Regards,
    Dr Kourosh Tavakoli