Breast Implants—How Long Should You Expect Them to Last?

If you’ve never heard of Timmie Jean, she was the very first woman to get silicone-filled breast implants, and has had the same pair for more than... wait for it... 50 years!

She went from a B-cup to a C-cup and tells a really funny story about how she noticed more men whistling at her after the procedure. Any ways, today I want to talk about how long the average set of breast implants last for, and what your expectations should be surrounding the life of your implants.

The most important thing to know is that breast implants are not meant to last forever.

Some women are well aware of this, but it catches others by surprise. Just think about the wear and tear that the average breast implant will face over it’s lifetime... bouncing up and down while working out, being squeezed during intimacy with your significant other, and even the constant rubbing/movement caused by everyday movements.

Really, when you think about it, breast implants go through quite a bit of wear and tear just in a normal day of life.

As for the statistics from the FDA, breast implants have a rupture rate of around 1% per year.

Personally, I think that’s pretty amazing and really shows how durable these medical devices are.

The FDA also reports that 15% to 25% of women have some sort of revision surgery within 3 to 5 years of getting a breast augmentation. Almost all of these revisions are either from a complication called capsular contracture or from women wanting to upgrade to a bigger size from their original breast surgery—a pretty common occurrence, often called “Boobie Greed.”

According to most plastic surgeons, the majority of us can expect a solid 10 years from our breast augmentation before a redo starts becoming necessary. For me, the bottom line is not to expect my procedure to last forever. One day I am going to need and/or want to get a revision for one reason or another, and knowing that day is coming will make it much easier to deal with when it arrives.

Thoughts from Dr. Glenn Davis

Implant technology has come a long way since the early days of breast augmentation. We now expect the implants that we use to last a very long time, and while there is a certain percentage of women who may have a revision or implant exchange for one reason or another, there is actualy no expiration date on implants, so there's no mandatory reason to change them if you're not having any issues.