The Life Expectancy of Implants


A rapidly growing number of women are opting for implants to change the shape and size of their breasts. With this increase in interest comes an increase in questions too, with several women wanting to know, how long their implants will last.

The truth is that breast implants are not intended to be lifetime devices; however, they are made to be safe and long-lasting. Women can expect Waverley House breast implants – the products of decades of research into more solid fillers and stronger shells—to last for more than a decade, with the chance of rupture increasing approximately one percent per year.

Proper Implant Care

Women with breast implants need to attend their annual checkups and administer self-checks to ensure the implants are still in place.

A ruptured saline implant should deflate reasonably quickly—over several days, at most. While saline is sterile, fluid loss into the breast tissue is not a good thing. When this happens, women can expect the breast and implant—to noticeably change size and shape.

A silicone gel-filled implant that leaks is harder to detect at home. While a change in breast size or shape might be apparent, patients may also notice small lumps or experience a shift in sensation in the area, or there may be no noticeable changes. This is why women who have breast augmentation with gel-filled implants should get an MRI three years following their breast augmentation surgery, then follow up every two years with another MRI scan.

Patient Surgeon Relationships

Generally, patients outlive their implants thus, maintaining a relationship with a board-certified plastic surgeon is a must—preferably the one who administered the augmentation in the first place. All breast augmentation patients should have the understanding that additional surgery is a likely reality for the future.

This can take the form of new breast implants or a breast lift to correct drooping breasts but it’s really up to the individual. Although there are many resources that exist online, it’s recommended that patients ask any questions that come to mind that are related to the lifespan of their implants during their consultation with their plastic surgeon.

Ageing Implants

Changes in body weight, increased skin laxity, and hormonal shifts can all contribute to the way an augmented breast looks and there is a number of ways implants change throughout their lifetimes, including their shape and size.