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How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

Reviewed on 11/13/2020

What Are Breast Implants?

Breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime, but they usually last more than a decade. The chance of rupture increases about one percent each year, so there is a 90% chance an implant will still be fully intact after 10 years.
Breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime, but they usually last more than a decade. The chance of rupture increases about one percent each year, so there is a 90% chance an implant will still be fully intact after 10 years.

Breast implants are medical devices implanted under the breast tissue or chest muscle used to: 

  • Increase breast size (breast augmentation) 
  • Replace breast tissue that has been removed due to cancer or trauma or that has failed to develop properly due to a breast abnormality (breast reconstruction)

What Are the Types of Breast Implants?

There are two types of breast implants used in the U.S.: 

  • Saline-filled 
    • Have a silicone outer shell
    • Filled with a sterile saltwater (saline) solution
    • Some are pre-filled and others are filled by a doctor during surgery
    • Approved for breast augmentation for women age 18 and older
    • Approved for breast reconstruction for women of any age
  • Silicone gel-filled
    • Have a silicone outer shell
    • Filled with a sterile saltwater silicone gel
    • Approved for breast augmentation in women age 22 or older 
    • Approved for breast reconstruction in women of any age

How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

Breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime, but they usually last more than a decade. 

The chance of rupture increases about one percent each year, so there is a 90% chance an implant will still be fully intact after 10 years. 

Women who have breast implants should receive regular checkups with their doctor, and also perform self-checks to ensure implants are intact. 

How Can I Tell if Breast Implants Have Ruptured?

If a saline implant ruptures:  

  • It usually deflates quickly, over several days at most
  • The implant and breast will noticeably change size and shape

If a silicone implant ruptures: 

  • More difficult to deect than a saline implant rupture (sometimes called a “silent rupture”) and no obvious changes may be evident
    • The FDA recommends women who have silicone gel-filled implants get an MRI three years after surgery, and every 2 years after that to detect leaks
  • May notice a change in breast shape or size 
  • Patients may feel a change in sensation in the area 
  • Small lumps may form 

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