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How many years I have to wait to changr my saline breast implant?

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Dr. Barry Press
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not time dependent

Breast implants don't have to be replaced based on time.
We know that the deflation rate for saline implants is about 2-4%/year, so if you have 2 implants (most people do!) your yearly chance of deflation is 4-8%. Theoretically, that means that an average patient will have a deflation every 12-25 years, but very few people are average. Implants only need replacement for problems.

In brief: Not time dependent

Breast implants don't have to be replaced based on time.
We know that the deflation rate for saline implants is about 2-4%/year, so if you have 2 implants (most people do!) your yearly chance of deflation is 4-8%. Theoretically, that means that an average patient will have a deflation every 12-25 years, but very few people are average. Implants only need replacement for problems.
Dr. Barry Press
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Your call

The average is 10-15 including all, ie changes for leaks + those done for aesthetic reasons.

In brief: Your call

The average is 10-15 including all, ie changes for leaks + those done for aesthetic reasons.
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Debated time

You may also want to review the fda position statement: http://www.
Fda.Gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/implantsandprosthetics/breastimplants/default.Htm.

In brief: Debated time

You may also want to review the fda position statement: http://www.
Fda.Gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/implantsandprosthetics/breastimplants/default.Htm.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Gather more info

You may also want to review the fda position statement: http://www.
Fda.Gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/implantsandprosthetics/breastimplants/default.Htm.

In brief: Gather more info

You may also want to review the fda position statement: http://www.
Fda.Gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/implantsandprosthetics/breastimplants/default.Htm.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Get more info:

You may also want to read the fda position statement: http://www.
Fda.Gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/implantsandprosthetics/breastimplants/default.Htm.

In brief: Get more info:

You may also want to read the fda position statement: http://www.
Fda.Gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/implantsandprosthetics/breastimplants/default.Htm.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See FDA position

You may also want to review the fda position statement: http://www.
Fda.Gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/implantsandprosthetics/breastimplants/default.Htm.

In brief: See FDA position

You may also want to review the fda position statement: http://www.
Fda.Gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/implantsandprosthetics/breastimplants/default.Htm.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Controversial

While the formation of a biofilm is a well established phenomena, the causation of auto immune disease to implants has been controversial and several large studies by impartial reputable academic institutions have failed to demonstrate link.
Biofulms have been associated with capsular contracture and not autoimmune disease to the best of my knowledge.

In brief: Controversial

While the formation of a biofilm is a well established phenomena, the causation of auto immune disease to implants has been controversial and several large studies by impartial reputable academic institutions have failed to demonstrate link.
Biofulms have been associated with capsular contracture and not autoimmune disease to the best of my knowledge.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Susan Kolb
Holistic Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 10 years on average

Saline implants should be changed out every 10 years or when partial deflation is noted (usually seen as rippling and smaller size).
Once the valve is incompentent, mold contamination of the saline is common and fibromyalgia and diseases that look like lupus and MS can occur. See www.Thenakedtruthaboutbreastimplants.Com.

In brief: 10 years on average

Saline implants should be changed out every 10 years or when partial deflation is noted (usually seen as rippling and smaller size).
Once the valve is incompentent, mold contamination of the saline is common and fibromyalgia and diseases that look like lupus and MS can occur. See www.Thenakedtruthaboutbreastimplants.Com.
Dr. Susan Kolb
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Dr. David Levens
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It depends

Breast implants (both saline and silicone) are not life time devices and should be expected to require replacement at some time.
Typically after 12-15+ years, implant "failure" may occur. There is however, no specific timeline and replacement is not indicated unless or until there are signs or symptoms (deformity, loss of volume or shape, pain, hardness, asymmetry, drooping, or rippling).

In brief: It depends

Breast implants (both saline and silicone) are not life time devices and should be expected to require replacement at some time.
Typically after 12-15+ years, implant "failure" may occur. There is however, no specific timeline and replacement is not indicated unless or until there are signs or symptoms (deformity, loss of volume or shape, pain, hardness, asymmetry, drooping, or rippling).
Dr. David Levens
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: At least 6 months

You should wait at least six months before exchanging breast implants.
Mos recommend saline implant exchange every ten years as they may have micro leaks. If you are not having problems, they probably don't need to be exchanged.

In brief: At least 6 months

You should wait at least six months before exchanging breast implants.
Mos recommend saline implant exchange every ten years as they may have micro leaks. If you are not having problems, they probably don't need to be exchanged.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: You dont

You don't have to wait any specific time period to change out your implants.
You should give yourself sufficient time to heal and make a decision after surgery, but if has been a few months and you would like to switch them out for whatever reason then go ahead.

In brief: You dont

You don't have to wait any specific time period to change out your implants.
You should give yourself sufficient time to heal and make a decision after surgery, but if has been a few months and you would like to switch them out for whatever reason then go ahead.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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