Breast augmentation is so popular in the US that nearly 300,000 women undergo it yearly, yet still, myths are surrounding the procedure that needs debunking, the most common being, breast implant replacement periods. The one question Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda frequently hears from his breast augmentation patients is…
“Do breast implants need to be replacement every 10 years?”
So let’s clear the air.
“That’s a common myth about breast implants that I hear all the time from patients, but it’s NOT true,” says Wigoda. “Breast implants do not have to be changed every 10 years.”
If you’re interested in a breast implant replacement procedure, keep reading and let Dr. Wigoda set the record straight.
Misconceptions and Rumors
Breast implants MUST be replaced every 10 years.
Breast implants make breastfeeding dangerous.
Breast implant replacement is so common that any surgeon can do it.
Breast Implant Replacement Facts and Realities
Myth #1 Debunked
Dr. Wigoda says “The fact is that breast implants don’t EVER have to be changed unless there is a problem such as a rupture of the implant or capsular contracture. If there are no problems, you can keep your implants for 30, 40 even 50 years!”
Myth #2 Debunked
Don’t worry ladies! According to many studies, there is NO immediate risk for babies who have been born or breast-fed by women with breast implants. Also, Dr. Wigoda uses specific techniques for placement of the implants to minimize interference with breastfeeding.
Myth #3 Debunked
Breast implant replacement surgery may seem common, but that doesn’t mean every surgeon is qualified to perform it, and ensuring your best results involves a knowledgeable and experienced plastic surgeon. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, only board-certified plastic surgeons have completed years of rigorous training and examinations to become qualified.
Yes, you need to get your breast implants changed if:
1. Your implant has ruptured or deflated
2. Your breasts have hardened
4. You would like to upgrade your implant size.
Separating fact from fiction is essential for patient education before surgery, to assure that the physician can meet patient expectations and that the patient will be happy with their breast augmentation. The most frequently asked questions by female patients of a plastic surgeon, Dr. Wigoda, also seem to be popular misconceptions surrounding breast implant replacement.
Remember, it is not unusual for women to change their implants at or before 10 years for elective reasons such as requesting larger implants, or wanting a lift even though the implant is still intact. However, if the patient is perfectly happy with her breasts after 10 years, all she has to do is get yearly checkups and continue to enjoy them.
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