AmieOlson SAID:

With breast augmentation, is there a number of years after which it is likely that the breast implants will need to be replaced? Probably for saline ones, but how long do both types typically last?

  • http://www.faboverfifty.com/women/members/dr-brooke-seckel/ DrBrookeSeckel

    There is some confusion about the need for replacement of breast implants at 10 years. The FDA states that about 23% of patients require a second operation in 10 years but that figure also included patients who had a second operation because they wanted larger implants not because of a problem.
    Based on that study it would be logical to assume that 77% of patients did not require replacement at 10 years.
    In my practice I have seen patients who have implants in for over 40 years without problems. You may read more at: http://www.bostonplasticsurgeryspecialists.com/services/breast-surgery/breast-augmentation/