Breast Augmentation: When Is It Time To Change Your Breast Implants?


After doing several hours of some online research, most women who are considering breast implants get the idea that they’ll end up needing to replace their implants a decade after surgery; which often deters them from having the surgery. This finding is due in large part to a 2011 report from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) on the safety of silicone implants. The report stated that one out of every five patients needs a revision or replacement ten years after their initial breast augmentation procedure.


A quick glance at those numbers, should put your mind at ease rather than cause you alarm. One in every five women may need an additional procedure, but this means that four in five women are still satisfied with their implants ten years after initially receiving them.

The critical thing to take note of is that those revision procedures aren’t always related to implant ruptures or deflation, in fact, those are rare occurrences that affect only 3% of implants. Some revision procedures are performed solely because of patient choice when women decide they want to have further refinement or adjust their implant size.

Here are some reasons that a follow-up procedure may be required after having breast implants. These reasons are extremely important to remember especially when you’re considering having surgery to change your breast implants. It’s also important that you know the likelihood of long-lasting success is very high, particularly when you work with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr Rodney Cooter; a breast implants specialist in Adelaide.

Deflation or rupture

Deflation or ruptures are exceedingly rare in both silicone and saline implants, however, if a rupture or deflation does occur, revision surgery will be necessary.

Capsule contracture

If a capsule contracture takes place, scar tissue form around your breast, which can change shape and position and harden. In these cases, another procedure to replace the implants can correct the problem.

Unsatisfied with initial results, or wanting to change breast size

Most plastic surgeons have numerous women visit them who were unhappy with the surgeon who conducted their breast augmentation surgery. They also have several patients who want to increase or decrease the size of their implants.

All board-certified plastic surgeons want their patients to walk away feeling confident and comfortable with the decisions they make in regards to their surgery. To ensure that you’re happy with your surgical results you need to find a qualified and experienced surgeon you trust, conduct thorough research on the surgery, surgeon and clinic you’re interested in and ask questions.

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