Do I Need To Replace My Breast Implants After A Certain Period of Time?

Q: Dr. Eppley, you did my breast augmentation back in February of 2017. I have had a wonderful experience so far! I am simply curious when or what I need to do to “check” to make sure they are good. I know it’s usually 10 years it is requested to get new ones, but can go longer. Just seeing if I should be planning for something in the coming years.

A: Good to hear from you after all these years. With silicone breast implants there is no reason to ever replace them unless they fail. (disruption of the containment shell known historically as a ‘rupture’) Unless you have implant symptoms (pain, change in breast shape) you just get your mammograms as you normally would do on that schedule which will also show implant integrity There is no need to replace them every ten years unless there is a compelling reason to do so as per above.

Short of any symptoms of implant failure you may live with them for many decades or even the rest of your life.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon