When to Remove and Replace Old Breast Implants

Plastic Surgeon Serving Indianapolis, Indiana


There is no expiration date on your breast implants, and it is likely that they will last for a long time. That being said, you should not assume that they will last a lifetime. As with any medical device, breast implants can wear out over time, resulting in a leak or a rupture. For some women, it may be decades before this happens. For others, it may occur more quickly.

The type of breast implant you have – saline or silicone – will dramatically impact the appearance of your breasts in the event of a rupture. Saline breast implants will deflate when they rupture because the saline is absorbed by your body, creating an imbalanced breast appearance and making it obvious that your implant needs to be replaced.

Silicone breast implants, on the other hand, are not absorbed by your body. A large leak is likely to cause some inflammation and to change the shape of your breast, which should make it readily detectable. However, if there is a small leak it may be more difficult to detect the ruptureIf a rupture is detected, you will want to replace your breast implant.

Other reasons you may want to have your breast implants removed and replaced include:

  • To replace old saline breast implants with more natural looking and feeling silicone breast implants
  • To address breast implant complications such as capsular contracture, or implant malposition
  • If you are unhappy with the aesthetic result achieved with your breast augmentation

Indianapolis plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Fata has more than two decades of experience performing breast augmentation procedures. During this time, he has honed his technique to deliver beautiful, natural looking results. Dr. Fata has performed many breast augmentation revision procedures as well, achieving excellent results. If you think you might be ready to remove and replace your old breast implants, Dr. Fata can perform a thorough evaluation and advise you as to the best way to proceed.

Please contact Renaissance Plastic Surgery today to schedule your breast augmentation consultation. Dr. Joseph Fata serves patients in Indianapolis, Indiana.