How To Know When It’s Time for Breast Implant Revision and Replacement


Doctor drawing marks on patient's breast for cosmetic surgery operationBreast implants can help patients achieve their ideal figure and boost their confidence; however, they are not meant to be permanent. Breast implants have an average lifespan of about 12 to 14 years, after which if broken may need to be replaced and in some cases, the breast shape revised. They may even be removed sooner due to health concerns or if a patient is no longer satisfied with the result that their breast implants give. Here are a few tips to help you determine when it’s time for breast implant revision and replacement.

Why Do Patients Have Breast Implants Revised or Replaced? 

Patients may opt to have breast implants revised or replaced due to health and aesthetic concerns, such as the following: 

  • A breast implant has ruptured (silicone) or deflated (saline)
  • The scar tissue around the implant has become hard (capsular contracture)
  • The patient has a health concern about the implants
  • The patient is dissatisfied with the position of the implant
  • The patient is unhappy with the size or shape of the breast
  • The patient has had their implants for several years

When Is It Time for a Breast Implant Revision and Replacement? 

Patients can opt to have a breast implant revision and replacement at any time if they are unhappy with their current condition. Many women would rather choose a time electively that is the most convenient for them, rather than wait until they might have to do something.

Most physicians will recommend that patients wait at least a year after their breast implant procedure before having implant revision surgery. Often, as patients allow their implants to soften and settle, they become more pleased with their results. 

If your breast implant is deflating or has ruptured, you should consult with a Plastic Surgeon as soon as you can. A few signs your breast implant may have ruptured or is delfating include the following: 

  • Your breast is smaller, or its shape has changed
  • Your breast is tender or uncomfortable
  • The feel or softness of your breast has changed
  • You can feel a prominent or "pointy" part of the implant

Schedule a Consultation With Dr. John J. Corey

If you’re looking to have your breast implants removed, replaced, or revised, Dr. John Corey is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Scottsdale, AZ, with over 30 years of experience in performing breast surgeries. Schedule a consultation today by calling 480-767-7700.