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Recommended…Ten Year Check Up for Breast Augmentation Patients

Dr. Miguel DelgadoBy Miguel Delgado, M.D.

At the time of an initial breast augmentation consultation, hopefully, you are advised that you may need to have breast revision surgery, possibly within ten years.

There can be a lot of changes with women’s bodies after ten years. Some women may have had a baby, perhaps gained or lost weight, or noticeable aging to the body that may have caused sagging or asymmetry. Do not despair; see your plastic surgeon to discover the latest techniquesto improve your breasts. You may want to change the shape or size of your breasts, or perhaps change from saline to silicone or vice versa, or adjust the placement of the implants.

Breast Implants
New Advancements In Breast Implants
In the last ten years, there has been significant advancement in breast implants. There are more choices than ever, for example, the 5th generation of silicone implants includes cohesive gel implants nicknamed the “gummy bear” as the consistency is similar to the popular candy. The gummy bear implants offer great benefits including a natural teardrop shape with lower complication rates. They cannot leak, and are less likely to ripple or develop capsular contracture.

Depending on your long-term goals and your natural anatomy, you and your surgeon have many choices to select the ideal breast implants for your body.

There is no rule stating that you must have your implants exchanged at the ten year mark. If you are not having any issues and are happy with your breast implants, no changes are needed.

Breast Implants Have a Lifetime Warranty
Even if all is well and you are not having any issues, Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. recommends that you have a ten year checkup a few months early just in case there may be an unknown complication. Besides a lifetime warranty on breast implants, most manufacturers include a warranty on their implants that gives some financial assistance for replacement surgery for up to ten years after the initial augmentation.