Are Some Breast Implants Maintenance-Free?
There is a widely held misconception that breast implants only last 10 years. While it’s true that many Plastic Surgeons used to recommend replacement of silicone gel implants after 10-15 years, the superior materials and durability of the modern breast implant makes this advice virtually obsolete.
Statistically speaking, the actual risk of rupture for a breast implant based on real patient data is low. Studies show that your risk of having a deflated saline implant at the end of 10 years is only 7-10% and the risk of having ruptured silicone implant at the end of six years is about 3%. In other words, the vast majority of implants will have no problems at 10 years.
In addition, today’s breast implant manufacturers offer warranty programs that demonstrate the confidence they have in the quality of their products. At Port City Plastic Surgery in Charleston, SC, we use primarily MENTOR® breast implants and some Allergan breast implants. All MENTOR® implants come with a free, limited warranty program that offers lifetime product replacement and limited financial assistance if needed. In most cases, for a very minimal fee you can also purchase a warranty at the time you get your implants covering the entire cost of the new implant and surgery for the augmentation.
So today, most implants are truly maintenance-free. The great news is that the vast majority of women can have their implants for life.
If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, please contact Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Brian G. Widenhouse today for a free consultation. Dr. Widenhouse specializes in the art and science of breast enhancement, breast reduction, and breast reconstruction, body contouring with liposculpture, facial cosmetic surgery, laser surgery, and skin cancer treatment and has years of experience in all of these disciplines.
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