Top Ten Questions About Breast Augmentation – Question 9 – How Long do Breast Implants Last?

How Long do Breast Implants Last?

Patients often ask me if implants have to be replaced every ten years. It is true that implants will eventually rupture, and the risk is about 1% per year.

If a silicone implant ruptures, the gel usually stays inside the scar tissue capsule the body forms around the implant. If a saline implant ruptures, the body absorbs the fluid and the implant deflates.

Most implant replacement surgeries are not to replace ruptured implants but for another reason like a change in implant size or adding a breast lift.