What happens to breast implants as a woman ages?

They wear out. Like everything else, breast implants aren't permanent devices and eventually they wear out.
Hopefully nothing. The breast tissue can thin, the breast can sag... Basically all the things that would happen normally. Some women are fortunate enough to have minimal long-term changes. This is more likely if you and your surgeon choose an implant that is appropriate for your breast.
You age around them. Implants are not permanent, so you will eventually need to replace them. However, as you age, your skin will change and your native breast volume will change relative to your implant, which tends to stay more constant. The implant will change if you have a capsular contracture or deflation, but your tissues will change simply by aging.
Eventually rupture. Breast implants are not "life long" devices. Eventually they rupture and need replacement. The breast around them also ages and changes may prompt patients to consider additional surgery over time. The breast and the implant within it can have differing changes over time. Some change little and others change more profoundly with weight loss and gain and pregnancy and/or breastfeeding.
Aging Breast Implant. Breast implants also age. That is why at some point in the future a woman should plan that the breast implants will have to be exchanged. They can rupture requiring replacement or need to be exchanged and a lift added as the breasts sag. Most women can go at least 10 years before needing a replacement. However, some women can go 20-30 years without any issues.

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What happens to breast implants when a woman dies and donates her body to medicine?

Implants . If you donte your body to science they most likely will be disposed of. Read more...
Nothing. If there is a reason to remove the implants such as in a cadaver dissection in an anatomy class then at the implants would often be simply discarded. Otherwise they would be buried with the remainder of the deceased at the appropriate time. Read more...
Removed med waste. These are removed and discarded as part of the medical waste which is generally incinerated. In rare instances of an unidentified bodies they can be used (via serial numbers) as a method to determine and individual's identity. Read more...
Medical Waste. Breast implants that are removed from a deceased person are discarded as medical waste ( usually incinerated). Otherwise, the breast implants “travel” with the persons body. Read more...
Discarded. Anything in contact with a person is considered biohazardous and must be discarded according to state and local laws. Read more...
Thrown away. Medical devices are removed and discarded. This is a very bizarre question by the way.... Read more...

How old is too old for a woman to get breast implants?

Breast Augmentation. Breast augmentation is a generally safe, effective, outpatient procedure performed under moderate sedation or general anesthesia. Age only plays a role in so far as it affects your ability to safely undergo the associated anesthesia and may have more problems healing. Read more...
Age is relative. The decision to get breast implants in a personal one and age is seldom a factor. Before making the decision a woman should be fully informed and generallly in good enough health for the operation. Being fully informed means understanding the risks of the initial procedire and that down the road chances are additional surgery will be required. Read more...
NO AGE LIMIT. I've done a first time breast augmentation on a 64 year old and a revision cosmetic augmentation on an 89 year old. They were otherwise healthy with reasonable expectations. Read more...
Not age dependent. There is no specific age cut off per se. What matters is the overall health of the patient. Like any completely elective surgery, breast augmentation should not be performed in patients that are high risk for complications because of other medical conditions. Read more...
Too Old For Surgery? Age is not the final determining factor in regards to breast augmentation surgery. You have to be in good health and understand the potential risks and complications associated with elective surgery. I have had older women who had this surgery and healed nicely and are very happy they proceeded with surgery, even at an older age. Read more...

If a woman gets breastcancer and had to have her breast removed would breast implants look natural enough?

In general yes. Best to discuss with reconstructive surgeon. In general, would look perfectly normal in clothes. Would the reconstructed breast be identical to the native breast-no. The goals in this situation though are to cure the cancer, and have an acceptable cosmetic appearance. Both are readily achievable. Read more...
Yes. Breast reconstruction is a way of recreating the appearance and feel of a natural breast after mastectomy. We can use breast implants or your own tissue to achieve this. Please see an experienced plastic surgeon who is expert in breast reconstruction. Be well. Read more...
Yes but more options. Moderate sized implants in a woman undergoing a skin soaring mastectomy with muscle preservation can provide and outstanding result tha may look very natural. However there are many options other than breast implants that may also provide an excellent alternative. Discusss with a board certified plastic surgeon. Read more...
Most common approach. After mastectomy for breast cancer, breast reconstruction with implants is the most common type of approach. Typically a tissue expander is placed first to stretch the chest wall tissue to accomodate an implant later although less commonly it can be placed right away. Although a very satisfactory option, the breasts may not appear "natural". Other options involve using body tissue. Read more...

If a woman underwent a double mastectomy, could she get breast implants?

Yes yes yes. That is a good option. Depending on the indication for the double mastectomy, the emotional and medical issues, the breast implants, aka reconstruction, can take a back seat. Which means, sometimes it is overwhelming to process all the changes and decisions. Good news is the implants can be done when you are ready. Take a friend with you. Be well. Read more...
Of course. This operation has recently gained widespread attention due to angelina jolie's decision to prophylactically remove both breasts and undergo reconstruction. This is a choice that should be made in consultation with your physician, oncologist, general surgeon, plastic surgeon and possibly a geneticist. Read more...