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 NO!
While it is unrealistic to expect that every breast implant will last forever, the life span of any implant can never be predicted and so 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 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.
Just bear in mind that 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!
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 such rupture is confirmed by MRI, 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 online Product Warranty Policy.