How long do the silicone implants last?
WHY DON’T WE VISIT OUR AESTHETIC SURGEON AS
OFTEN AS WE DO OUR MECHANIC?
BECAUSE IMPLANTS ARE NOT TO BE CHANGED AFTER EVERY 10000 KM!
Many people still think that implants should be changed after every five, seven or ten years.
This is not correct! If you don’t have any problems with implants, there is no reason to replace them.
And, if you ever wondered, most usual reason of replacement is desire for change of their size
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However, statistics says that within the first 10 years in Great Britain, around 20% of implants are replaced, and in over 95% this happens due to the change of shape or volume. Most common is the choice of implant volume, and recently also replacement of round implants with anatomic ones. Our statistics are not that precise, but I believe our figures would also be similar.
Rupture of implants in new silicones of the fifth generation is brought to insignificantly small percentage, far below 0, 05% (I have this number in my head because of the lately so much mentioned aflatoxin). The “incident” with PIP implants has not reached us, because here in Serbia nobody had used the same.
Other complications which make rest of this number up to 100 percentages are:
– deflation of an implant filled with saline solution- phenomenon not that common in EU, because here we use implants filled with silicone memory gel, and is mainly related to implants bigger than 450ccm.
– capsular contracture – which was more common in implants with no texture, placed under the gland, and is rather rare in modern textured implants and in “dual plane” technique.
– damage to an implant during biopsy or puncture for diagnostic purposes (oh, those general surgeons, they never pay attention to the implants…)
– there are also some other reasons, and the rarest one among them is removal of implants and return to natural breasts.