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How often do replace breast implants?

How often do replace breast implants?

When needed: People have heard that you need to change the implants every 10 years. In reality, you only need to change the implants if there is a problem. On average, about 1 in 5 women will have a second surgery on their breast implants within 10 years, whether saline or silicone. Silicone do last longer. ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik
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Breast Implants (Definition)

A medical device that is used to augment the size of the breast by increasing the volume of the breast mound. Implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures and are surgically inserted either under the breast tissue or in a deeper plane under the muscle. The shell of the implant is made of a flexible silicone elastomer. The inside is filled with either silicone ...Read more


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Will insurance cover breast implants?

Will insurance cover breast implants?

It depends: Implants for reconstructive problems, like breast reconstruction after mastectomy, would be covered. Implants for purely cosmetic concerns, like wanting a larger breast size, would not be typically covered by insurance. Best to speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon about your concerns. ...Read more

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What does hardening of breast implants mean?

What does hardening of breast implants mean?

Many possible causes: It may be caused by a variety of different reasons that will vary by timing after surgery. Soon after surgery could mean a hematoma or seroma or muscle spasm. Delayed causes likely relate to capsular contracture or possible inflammation. ...Read more

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Removal of breast implants needed in all women?

Removal of breast implants needed in all women?

Not necessarily : With the current state of the art, implants may fail over your lifetime but that also means they may not. If ruptured or if other complications develop, you will certainly want to remove/replace the implants when problems occur. However , in the absence of complications there is no need to remove them. In the future, fat transfer may offer a longer term solution. ...Read more

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What different size breast implants are out there?

Breast implants: Breast implants come in a variety if sizes. They can even be custom ordered to be larger than the usual available sizes. There are silicone and saline implants. The implants can be low, moderate, or high in profile- which determines the amount of projection. There are now anatomical cohesive gel implants that are also available to the general public. ...Read more

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What bra should I wear after having breast implants?

Ask Surgeon: In many practices, patients will have bras placed for them after the surgical procedure is performed. Otherwise, your plastic surgeon will be your best resource when it comes to types of bras etc. Timing to switch to underwire bras etc. Will also be discussed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Will i be able to swap breast implants for smaller ones?

Yes: Breast implant replacement can be done to achieve smaller breast using smaller implants, internal implant pocket work may need to be done to reduce the size otherwise known as capsulorrhaphy. If the skin is loose or sagging then a breastlift may need to be done as well. ...Read more

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Is it true that breast implants feel like rocks after 30 years?

Is it true that breast implants feel like rocks after 30 years?

No: Breast implants develop scar tissue around them within days after the initial augmentation surgery. When scarring unpredictably becomes severe, the breasts can become firm, malpositioned, misshapened, and even painful. This is called capsular contracture, and it doesn't necessarily happen in 30 years or even ever. But if it happens, another surgery would be required to correct the problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Patrick Sweet III
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Toxic Exposure (Definition)

Toxic exposure is a symptom in which a person has been exposed to a potentially poisonous substance (usually depending on how much of an exposure). Examples include breathing in a lot of carbon monoxide, breathing a small amount of chlorine gas, touching a strong acid, taking an ...Read more


Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Implant (Definition)

An implant is a medical device manufactured to replace a missing biological structure, support a damaged biological structure, or enhance an existing biological structure. Medical implants are man-made devices, in contrast to a transplant, which is ...Read more