How often do breast implants need to be changed?
Modern models of implants have a lifetime warranty, so they do not need to be changed, even with very long use. The need for re-plasty can be mainly associated with replacing old samples with newer ones or with models of a different size (at the request of the patient). Also, in the case of old-generation implants, a number of other factors should be taken into account, for example, age-related changes or breastfeeding. When to change breast implants after mammoplasty, and why you should not refuse to replace them, if necessary, we will tell in this article.
Why change breast implants
As we have already said, a second operation is performed only when it is necessary to replace the old-style implants, change the size of the breast, or in the event of a rupture of the endoprosthesis. Most often, replacement of old-style breast implants is necessary after 10 years.
THERE ARE SEVERAL REASONS WHY SUCH ENDOPROSTHESES WEAR OUT:
- internal action of the filler thinning the shell of the implant;
- reducing the thickness of the capsule;
- influence on the material of the body’s immune cells;
- poor quality of the implant, which may require early replacement.
Modern endoprostheses of the mammary gland are distinguished by the longest possible service life and a high level of safety for the body.
How long can implants be worn
Some patients consciously take the risk of refusing to timely replace breast implants from outdated materials. However, this can lead to serious side effects that require urgent surgery. However, modern versions of implants can be worn all your life: they will not affect the state of the body in any way. It is important to remember that there are individual indications for replacement that cannot be ignored.
They can even apply to modern implants with a lifetime warranty. However, you need to find out about all these nuances from a specialist. In addition, even silicone implants and models made from other modern materials may require replacement. As a rule, this is due to the breakthrough of the capsule due to chest trauma. If we talk about prostheses with saline filling or other gradually aging materials, they may require replacement after 10-15 years. This is due to wear of the shell, leakage, deformation of the shape.
Indications for breast implant replacement
Aesthetic preferences. The patient may not like the result, for example, she wants to change the size or shape of her breasts. This can be a good reason to have a repeat mammoplasty. However, it is important to understand that a new surgical intervention can be carried out no earlier than a year after the previous procedure, so that the body has time to recover. All the details of the repeated procedure should be obtained from the surgeon. It is the specialist who will appoint the optimal time for the boob job, tell you how to prepare for it.
Age-related changes. Skin turgor changes with age, so the prosthesis may sag. Patients often think that this is due to the severity of the endoprosthesis. In fact, it all depends on age-related changes, a decrease in the production of elastin and collagen. In addition, prostheses can sag due to lactation, pregnancy, weight gain or weight loss. This case, the decision on whether to change the implants is made by the patient herself. If the result does not suit her, the surgeon will offer options for restoring the shape of the breast.
Pregnancy and breast augmentation
Some patients are planning implant replacement procedures after childbirth. The fact is that during pregnancy and lactation, the mammary glands first increase and then lose their volume. This leads to sagging of the prostheses if they were installed several years before delivery. Re-operation will help to restore a beautiful breast shape. It can be performed in parallel with breast lift and nipple correction, which will restore aesthetics. In addition, even without implants installed, breasts can change shape as a result of childbirth and pregnancy. Patients who have not previously resorted to mammoplasty can correct the shape of the breast thanks to this procedure. Of course, you will have to wait until the end of lactation: you cannot perform an operation while breastfeeding. It is important to note that the endoprosthesis will not in any way affect lactation in the future,
How are breast endoprostheses changed?
However, when choosing modern materials, as well as in the absence of expressed indications, you do not need to think about how many years later to change implants. If the patient does decide to undergo the operation, the procedure will be performed in the same way as a conventional mammoplasty, in two main stages.
Preparation. At this stage, the patient needs to visit a plastic surgeon and undergo an examination. This includes not only visual diagnostics, but also a number of specific procedures:
- Ultrasound of the mammary glands and veins of the lower extremities;
- laboratory research.
If necessary, additional studies may be prescribed by highly qualified specialists. If the tests allow for a surgical intervention, the doctor makes recommendations regarding preparation for mammoplasty, tells the nuances of the operation.
Replacement of endoprostheses. In general, the procedure resembles conventional mammoplasty and is also performed under general anesthesia. During the operation, the surgeon will remove the old implants along the line of the old scar formation, perform a capsulotomy and install new endoprostheses.
Takes at least a month. During the first four weeks, the patient must wear a compression garment, which is prescribed by the doctor. You cannot refuse such a bra: it maintains the breast in an anatomically correct position, prevents the displacement of prostheses and accelerates the regeneration processes. After a month, it can be replaced with a regular tight sports top. Models with hard bones and a push-up effect will need to be discarded until the scars have healed completely. Specialists of the center for breast plastic surgery “Bustklinika” will give all the necessary recommendations for the rehabilitation period. The patients of the clinic are given a special reminder: following these instructions can speed up the regeneration process and reduce the risk of side effects.
These include the usual results of surgery. This is the occurrence of edema and hematomas, an increase in local temperature in the area of the sutures. As a rule, such symptoms disappear within a few weeks after the operation and do not cause serious discomfort. The doctor warns about them in healthcare solutions. If there are other signs of discomfort that have nothing to do with the consequence of the surgical intervention, it is necessary to urgently consult a specialist.
Reoperation is no more dangerous than the first one, but it can provoke some complications. Among the possible negative consequences of re-endoprosthetics are called:
- the formation of hematomas;
- the formation of contractures;
- the development of infections;
- the appearance of keloid scars;
- the development of a double fold;
- fusion of the mammary glands.
All negative consequences can be leveled by contacting a competent specialist. Doctors of Bustklinik will select the best options for prostheses from high-quality modern materials, which can help reduce the risk of allergic reactions and other side effects.
Prevention of complications
To reduce the risks when changing breast implants, you need to follow the following recommendations of specialists:
- strictly follow all medical prescriptions, including – do not sleep on your stomach, avoid physical activity, do not visit the solarium, baths, saunas, swimming pools;
- take special antibacterial drugs;
- wear compression garments prescribed by your doctor.
It should be understood that a violation of the regime during rehabilitation can lead to serious consequences, due to which treatment or reoperation will be required. In addition, the correct choice of prostheses will help reduce the risks of the procedure. You can entrust this task to the experienced specialists of Bustklinika, who know all the nuances of the selection of materials and work only with certified products from leading manufacturers.
To find out all the details of replacing breast implants, visit a specialist at Bustklinik. Our surgeons will tell you all the details about the indications for the procedure, help you choose the right option for new implants and tell you about the rules of rehabilitation after surgery.