How long do breast implants last?

Despite the fact that breast implants do not expire, they are not guaranteed to last a lifetime. The usual lifespan of saline or silicone implants is 10 to 20 years.

Many are, however, removed sooner than expected because to problems or cosmetic concerns. Within 8 to 10 years, up to 20% of patients have their implants removed or replaced.

Are you wondering if it’s time to replace yours? Read on to learn about the signs and symptoms to look out for, as well as what to expect from the removal process.

The following complications may prompt the removal of Perth’s breast implants.


Capsular contracture, or stiffened scar tissue surrounding one or both implants, affects a large number of people.

Tightness, discomfort, soreness, and aberrant aesthetic changes to the breast can all result from this.

Hardening of the breast can occur more than once in some circumstances.

Rupture of the saline

A saline breast implant will deflate like a balloon if it ruptures due to a tear or hole in the implant’s shell.

Your implant’s saline will seep out and be reabsorbed by your body. This leak can happen all at once or gradually over several days.

It’s possible that the deflation won’t be noticeable until all of the saline has leaked out. The damaged breast will shrink in size and shape, and it will appear to be very different from the other breast.

Breast implant ruptures are uncommon in the first few years, but they do become more common as time goes on.

Rupture of silicone

Silicone implants are also prone to rupturing.

The thickness of silicone gel is substantially greater than that of saline. When a silicone implant ruptures, the gel often remains inside the implant or the scar tissue surrounding it.

As a result, burst silicone implants frequently go unreported. Silicone ruptures are often called as silent ruptures because of this.

The majority of people have no symptoms. When there are symptoms, they can include:

  • hard knots
  • decrease of breast size
  • breasts that are unequal in appearance
  • tenderness/pain
  • tingling
  • swelling
  • numbness
  • burning

The actual rate of silicone rupture is unknown, however, it is expected to be between 2 and 12 percent. Some implants rupture right away, others after a few years, and still others after ten years or longer.

Rippling and palpability

When the implant develops creases or ripples, it is said to be rippling. The capacity to feel these ripples when you touch your breast is referred to as palpability. These alterations can sometimes be detected through the skin as well.

If you notice or feel wrinkling in your implant, you should consider having it replaced or removed.

How to make implants last longer

Unhappiness with the implant size and shape is one of the most common reasons for removal.

It’s natural for one’s tastes to evolve during the course of one’s life. One of the best methods to extend the life of your implants is to choose a size and form that you can live with for 10 to 20 years.

Local problems are to fault in other circumstances. Ruptures and deflations, for instance, are frequently caused by regular wear and tear or surgical error.


Implants aren’t guaranteed to last for the rest of your life. For a variety of reasons, you may need to have them removed or replaced.

Working with a board-certified plastic surgeon and following all postoperative guidelines is the greatest approach to ensure their longevity.