Question: What happens to breast implants after 30 years?

According to the FDA, the longer a person leaves the implants in, the greater the risk for complications. The lifespan of implants vary, but only few people may keep their original implants for 20 to 30 years, the FDA wrote. This patients implants, shown above, were 40 years old, and one ruptured inside of the body.

Do breast implants ever have to be replaced?

Most silicone and saline implants are FDA approved for 10-20 years, but this does not mean that you have to get them replaced every 10-20 years. You can safely go beyond these time frames, and most patients only have to have 1-2 replacements in their lifetime.

What happens to implants after 20 years?

The average saline or silicone implants may last anywhere from 10 to 20 years. However, many are removed sooner due to complications or cosmetic concerns. Up to 20 percent of people have their implants removed or replaced within 8 to 10 years.

Do breast implants shrink over time?

Answer: Breast implants do not shrink over time.

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