How Long Do Breast Implants Last? Understanding Longevity & Warranty Coverage 

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If you’ve undergone breast augmentation or are considering it, you might be wondering “how long do breast implants last.” It’s a valid concern, as breast implants are not designed to be lifelong devices.  

This blog post covers what you need to know about breast implant longevity, including when to replace them, the durability of different implant types, and the importance of breast implant warranties. We’ll also provide tips for preserving your breast augmentation results. 

How Long Do Saline Breast Implants Last? 

Saline breast implants are filled with a harmless sterile saltwater solution. For most women, saline implants can last between 10 and 20 years, though their actual lifespan will depend on factors such as your age, lifestyle, and changes in your body over time.

In the unlikely event of a rupture or leak, a saline implant will deflate, creating a noticeable change in the breast’s appearance. This creates a visible indicator of when you should replace your saline implant.

Still, it’s important to monitor your implants regularly through visual checks and routine scans and to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon if you notice any changes or have concerns. 

How Long Do Silicone Breast Implants Last? 

Silicone breast implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel that closely mimics the feel of natural breast tissue. They have a comparable lifespan to saline implants and can last 10 to 20 years or more. Again, the actual duration depends on individual factors. 

These implants tend to maintain their shape and feel, making them a reliable option for those seeking long-lasting breast augmentation results. However, implant aging will eventually affect the integrity of your implants—the risk of rupture often increases as the implants become older. This makes regular MRI or high-resolution ultrasound screenings and occasional checkups with your plastic surgeon vital.  

Silicone implants can rupture “silently,” so proactive, ongoing monitoring can ensure your implants are functioning correctly and haven’t developed any issues. 

What Does a Breast Implant Warranty Cover? 

Breast implant warranties provide peace of mind and financial protection in case of unexpected complications. While the specific terms and conditions vary between manufacturers, here are some common aspects of what breast implant warranties typically cover: 

  • Rupture Coverage: Most warranties cover the cost of replacing the implant if it ruptures within a specified time frame. Some warranties may also include financial assistance for surgical fees. 
  • Capsular Contracture: In cases where capsular contracture occurs (a condition where scar tissue tightens around the implant), warranties may cover implant replacement and related expenses. 
  • Implant Malfunction: Warranties may also cover implant malfunction due to manufacturing defects. 
  • Limited Lifetime Coverage: Some manufacturers offer limited lifetime coverage for certain implant types, providing reassurance over an extended period. 

At The Swan Center, we are proud to use MENTOR® implants, which come with a lifetime warranty for rupture or deflation.

Tips for Preserving Your Breast Augmentation Results 

Now that we’ve discussed the lifespan of breast implants and warranty coverage, let’s explore some tips for preserving your breast augmentation results: 

  • Regular Checkups: Follow your plastic surgeon’s recommended follow-up appointment schedule to ensure your implants are in good condition and functioning correctly. 
  • Keep Your Weight Stable: Significant weight fluctuations can impact the appearance of your breast implants.  
  • Protect Your Chest: When engaging in physical activities or contact sports, use proper protective gear to minimize the risk of trauma to your chest area. 
  • Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle: A healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and regular exercise can help maintain your overall well-being, which can, in turn, contribute to the longevity of your breast augmentation results. 
  • Stay Informed: Keep current on the latest developments in breast implant safety and technology. If there are updates or recalls related to your implants, proactively address any potential concerns. 

When you decide it’s time to get your implants replaced with a newer model or a shape or style that’s more aligned with your aesthetic preferences, you’ll schedule breast implant revision surgery. See for yourself how our patients can achieve beautiful, proportional, and natural-looking results—that are just as good if not better than the original procedure—in our before-and-after photo gallery

Ready To Enhance Your Confidence With Breast Augmentation? 

We understand the importance of feeling confident and comfortable in your own skin. If you’re considering breast augmentation or have questions about your existing breast implants (including whether you should get them removed), please request a consultation or call us at (770) 667-0904 today. 

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