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Do you need surgery only once if you get breast implants? What happens to them as you age?
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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics
6 doctors agree
In brief: Variable
Some women have a single breast augmentation surgery and things age reasonably naturally.
A significant number of women are unhappy with the way their breasts sag over time, especially with the weight of implants. If this occurs, surgery would be required to reposition the breasts and implants higher on the chest wall, with or without removing or changing the implants.

In brief: Variable
Some women have a single breast augmentation surgery and things age reasonably naturally.
A significant number of women are unhappy with the way their breasts sag over time, especially with the weight of implants. If this occurs, surgery would be required to reposition the breasts and implants higher on the chest wall, with or without removing or changing the implants.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
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Dr. Henry Ng
Complications can occur for some women including scar spread/widening, implant rupture/leak, and breast implant pocket contracture. Any of these may need additional surgical care.
Dr. Adam Schaffner
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Possibly
If they do, they need to be removed and replaced if desired by the patient. The patient may have additional breast surgery to change the breast implant size and/or to lift the breast as she ages.

In brief: Possibly
If they do, they need to be removed and replaced if desired by the patient. The patient may have additional breast surgery to change the breast implant size and/or to lift the breast as she ages.
Dr. Adam Schaffner
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: No maintenance reqrd
No implants are not forever. Implants require maintenance and should not be ignored.
The fda recommends that silicone implants be imaged with an MRI 3 years after surgery and every 2 years thereafter. Furthermore while the implants remain relatively stable your breasts do not and will age with time, pregnancy, weight change, etc. And surgery will likely be required if not inevitable.

In brief: No maintenance reqrd
No implants are not forever. Implants require maintenance and should not be ignored.
The fda recommends that silicone implants be imaged with an MRI 3 years after surgery and every 2 years thereafter. Furthermore while the implants remain relatively stable your breasts do not and will age with time, pregnancy, weight change, etc. And surgery will likely be required if not inevitable.
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Dr. Alexander Nein
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: More surgery
Breast implants are like all mechanical devices and they eventually fail (leak).
Theoretically you should go you whole life with the same implants but the reality is that will probably have to be replaced at some time. There is, however, no set time frame. They only need to be replaced if they leak. (most come with a lifetime warranty these days).

In brief: More surgery
Breast implants are like all mechanical devices and they eventually fail (leak).
Theoretically you should go you whole life with the same implants but the reality is that will probably have to be replaced at some time. There is, however, no set time frame. They only need to be replaced if they leak. (most come with a lifetime warranty these days).
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Dr. Anthony Nikko
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Maintenance
Once a breast augmentation is conducted, it's best to expect another surgical procedure in the future.
On the other hand, many patients never encounter issues and the implants last a lifetime. Massaging techniques can maintain soft capsules and prevent scar tissue formation while routine mammograms can detect issues for early treatment. Maintenance is key to long lasting results.

In brief: Maintenance
Once a breast augmentation is conducted, it's best to expect another surgical procedure in the future.
On the other hand, many patients never encounter issues and the implants last a lifetime. Massaging techniques can maintain soft capsules and prevent scar tissue formation while routine mammograms can detect issues for early treatment. Maintenance is key to long lasting results.
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Dr. Rian Maercks
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Yesrr
While it is certainly possible for an implant to last your lifetime without revision, most women will have surgery again to correct changes associated with aging.
The mst comon reason for frequent revision is implant malposition. With dua plane/submuscular placement implants tend to go down and to the sides. This is why I use the 'cold-subfascial breast augmentation' exclusively. It offers lasting support like a bra inside the breast.

In brief: Yesrr
While it is certainly possible for an implant to last your lifetime without revision, most women will have surgery again to correct changes associated with aging.
The mst comon reason for frequent revision is implant malposition. With dua plane/submuscular placement implants tend to go down and to the sides. This is why I use the 'cold-subfascial breast augmentation' exclusively. It offers lasting support like a bra inside the breast.
Dr. Rian Maercks
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