Do Breast Implants Need to be Replaced?

Dr. Luke Cusimano, FACS

Do Breast Implants Need to be Replaced?

Apr 1, 2019 | Breast, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Breast Reconstruction

Many myths and misconceptions surround the idea of the breast implant. Many women planning to have breast implants, and those who already have them, want to know about the durability of the implants and if they should be replaced from time to time. Cosmetic surgery has advanced, and breast implant procedures are quite safe. But how long do implants last? Is it a permanent solution for breast concerns?

Some women believe that implants need replacement after a decade of service. Data gathered by the Food and Drug Administration in 2011, revealed that at least one out of five people with silicone implants went back under the knife for replacements. This research focusing on the safety of silicone implants found that a percentage of people got implant replacements after ten years.

Contrary, the study unveils that four out of five women disregarded the idea and kept their breast implants for more than a decade.

Women getting replacement surgery because of implant ruptures are among rare cases affecting only about 3% of the population. The rest of the implant replacements are done on purpose with the aim of changing the size of breasts or for further alterations.

Do breast implants need to be replaced? No, many patients enjoy their implants for many years, by keeping a relationship with Dr. Cusimano, you can be sure that your implants will be long-lasting. Frequent check-ups are crucial in lengthening the useful life of breast implants.



Although fractures and sudden reductions in the size of implants are rare in both saline and silicone implants, replacements may be necessary if they occur.


The desire to change the size or position of the implant comes if a patient is no longer satisfied with their new breast contours. Circumstances change, and the desired change could be a determining factor in wanting to get a breast implant replacement.


Breast implants insertion involves a surgical procedure that introduces a man-made object to the inside of your breast. Our bodies react to this object by forming a capsule around it.  This happens with all medical implants including heart valves, joint replacements, breast implants, which are just some examples.  This capsule can overdevelop and begin to tamper with the shape and feel of the implants over time. In such a case, a patient may want a replacement procedure to change the implants and correct the defects.


Depending on the experience a patient gets from the type of implant they have, they may want to request a change. Whether it is from saline implants to silicone implants or vice versa, they will require replacement procedures.

Plastic surgery has become very common. It allows people to change parts of their bodies that they aren’t comfortable with. Surgeons, on the other hand, try to help patients to the best of their abilities. They strive to make the procedure comfortable and the results satisfactory. It is advisable to research adequately about the process, its effects, and the pros and cons before you undergo the procedure. Also, take your time in selecting the best plastic surgeon to handle your procedure. This will minimize the need to go back for a replacement. Dr. Cusimano is an experienced surgeon who is known for providing all of his patients with excellent care and results.