by Dr. Aaron Capuano, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Jan. 16, 2018, 9:54 a.m.
Many years have passed and you are considering replacing and/or removing your implants. In many cases, we are finding implants are lasting a lot longer than what was once projected. Most knowledge had told us that ten years is the optimal timing to replace the older generation of implants. Though, as that time has come and passed respectively, we see women going as long as fifteen to twenty years, when following approved methods to determine whether or not they should have their implants replaced. This means that they have set out to receive proper mammograms and ultra sounds to make sure their implants are intact and they aren't suffering from any type of capsular contracture or implant ruptures, sometimes referred to as silent ruptures.
Newer generations of implants have since come into the forefront replacing these shorter life spanned implants with longer approved replacement/removal times of twenty years with proper management including mammograms, ultrasounds, breast self-exams and recommended check-ups.
Irrespective of this, is the simple fact that some women want a change, whether it is to replace their implants and get a little lift to bring them back up to where they were sans gravity or the growing trend of having their implants removed without interest in replacement. Both procedures have become the norm with the latter becoming increasingly popular for more practical reasons coinciding with pregnancy and nursing in addition to the simple statement being, “I am over these”, referring to larger breasts.