Routine Breast Implant Replacements

Do All Breast Implants Need To Be Routinely Replaced Every 10 Years?

Our short answer to this commonly asked question is an emphatic NO!

While it is unrealistic to expect that every breast implant will last forever, we can never predict the life span of any implant. Essentially, the life span of every implant is unknown.

Nevertheless, we are of the firm view that, in the absence of any problem, ROUTINE implant replacement every 10 years is neither necessary nor justified.

Although some women have had to replace their implants within a relatively short period of time when an unexpected problem has occurred, there are many women who have had the same breast implants in place for many years without any problems.  

Accordingly, we strongly believe that there is no justification in subjecting every woman to the costs, inconvenience and risks of repeat surgery every 10 years in the absence of any problem.

In support of our view, bear in mind that:

  • Implants do not come with any ‘Use By’ or Expiry Date.
  • If routine replacement every 10 years was necessary, regulations would certainly exist requiring surgeons to replace every implant every 10 years – and this is certainly not the case!

Advocates of the 10-yearly routine replacement policy argue that silicone implants can “silently” rupture and that 10% of implants rupture after 10 years.  Doesn’t that mean 90% don’t!  In reality, an implant could rupture any number of years after its insertion or may never rupture.

Therefore, we believe that rather than replace every implant every 10 years, a more logical approach is for patients to check the integrity of their implants with a simple Breast Ultrasound every 1-2 years.  If the Ultrasound ever suggests a possible rupture, and it is confirmed by MRI Examination, replacement is then certainly indicated and justified.

Do Breast Implants Carry a Manufacturer’s Warranty?

Yes.  However, this does vary with each brand of implant and the reason(s) for its replacement.

For full details, please refer to each manufacturer’s Product Warranty Policy.

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