Nothing lasts forever.
That adage applies to breast implants, too. When a woman makes the important decision to have her breasts augmented, she also needs to consider that this likely isn’t a one and done situation. She will need replacement surgery, and maybe revision surgery. Depending on your age when you first received your implants, in most cases, the patient will need at least two replacement procedures in her life.
You’ve probably heard cases where a friend’s implants have endured for 30 years without leakage or without capsular contracture. While this can happen — and implant lifespans are expanding — this is the exception. Implant manufacturers generally guarantee their implants for 10 years, and if they fail within that time they will pay for the replacement surgery. That gives you an idea of the general lifespan of an implant. At Austin Cosmetic Surgery, we estimate the average implant lifespan at somewhere between 10 to 15 years. Leakage or rupture is more prevalent at that point.
When an implant ruptures or builds capsular contracture, those are cases where the patient really has to have her implants replaced. But there are other reasons that a patient may come to see us at Austin Cosmetic Surgery inquiring about implant revision surgery.
Beyond replacing a ruptured or damaged implant, there are other reasons to replace your implants:
- You seek to change the size.
- You want to correct or change the outcome from your original augmentation.
- You have had weight fluctuation and the tissue surrounding the implant has changed.
At Austin Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Michelle Carlotti or Dr. Albert Carlotti will consult with you about your implant revision options. Maybe the implants need to be re-positioned, maybe the breast tissue needs to be lifted. The goal is to feel as good, or even better, about your revision surgery as you did with your original augmentation.
The revision procedure is usually only about one quarter as painful as the original surgery and recovery, unless there is extensive capsular contraction. The same incision location from the original surgery can be used. Sometimes, though, patients seek to move the implants from in front of the breast muscle to behind it. Obviously, this can’t be done through the original incision.
So, whether you think you may have leakage or contracture in your original implants, or whether you wish to change their size, shape, or position, set up a consultation with the team at Austin Cosmetic Surgery. Contact us at (512) 688-8000 to make an appointment.