Breast implant replacement

Good afternoon I'm just starting the enquiries on replacing my silicon breast implant. It was done approximately 25yrs ago when I was 17. They did this on my left breast only, my right breast grew normally but my left breast did not grow at all. In recent publications I have read I've become aware that it should have been replaced a long time ago. Thankyou kindly Michelle Weaver

BonnieChelle December 6th, 2016 QLD

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    Dr. Raymond Goh

    Raymond Goh

    123 answers

    Plastic Surgeon
    Queensland, Australia

    Hi Michelle.
    Thank you for posting your questions. When it comes to breast implants, there is no absolute need to replace implants after a certain time if there is nothing wrong with them or if you have not had any problems with them (eg. capsular contracture, ruptured implant, displacement etc). Having said that, implants made 25 years ago are unlike the quality and longevity of modern implants, and there is a high possibility that they may have leaked/ruptured. I would first of all assess the integrity of the implant with an ultrasound scan, followed by a review with a plastic surgeon to discuss your options.
    All the very best.
    Dr Ray GohValley Plastic Surgeon