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How long do breast implants last?

This is a good question and honestly, I don’t know that answer. I’m not sure anyone really does at this point. When I meet with patients considering breast augmentation a significant number of them are under the impression that they have to have the surgery re done every 10 years. That is completely false! The “scheduled maintenance” concept is simply wrong. The silicone implant technology we are currently using has been in place since the early 1990’s. At this point, almost 22 years later, I have yet to see a significant number of failed implants at a given age and the failure rate at the 10 year mark is quite low, less than 1%. So while there is no guarantee a given implant won’t fail early on, I think it is reasonable to assume you can get twenty-something years out of your implants. Only time will tell.

Lee E. Corbett, MD

Medical Director Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and MediSpa

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