As a Louisville, KY Breast Augmentation surgeon, I am frequently asked when implants need to be replaced. My answer is…”If they ain’t broke, don’t fix ’em.”
The only absolute indication for replacement is deflation.
Other relative indications are weight changes and breast changes resulting from pregnancy and aging. A lot of times I will meet with a patient who has implants that are twenty-soemthing years old, she has had a few kids, and has added a few pounds over the years. The actual implant is usually fine, but the appearance of the breast, particularly out of the bra, may not be. Often, due to weight gain, the original implants are making the breast too large. Another common problem is that the breast is now drooping off the implant and a lift is in order.
So the answer to the question is that implants only need to be exchanged if they have failed or if you are unhappy with your breast’s appearance.
Lee Corbett, MD
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