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A common question we hear is, “How long will my breast augmentation results last?” The answer to that is, “It depends.” A saline filled implant averages 20 years before deflation, whereas the new cohesive silicone gel implant will average about 40 years duration. The life of the implant will also vary based on external factors. While a poorly performed breast augmentation may prompt the need for revision surgery, most women are satisfied with their results for many decades.

The following are the major factors that will affect the life and quality of your breast augmentation.

Natural Wear and Tear

Breast implants are made from durable, synthetic materials. However, movement can cause the breakdown of the implant material over time. Most implant manufacturers guarantee the implants for up to 10 years. Contact your implant’s manufacturer to find out the average life and warranty of your implants.

Pregnancy and Nursing

The effects of pregnancy and nursing on the breasts are something younger women often don’t factor in when considering breast augmentation. Modern augmentation techniques do a better job of preserving the breast structures required for breastfeeding, and most women don’t experience difficulties nursing after breast augmentation. However, it is important to know that pregnancy and nursing can weaken the breast tissue and result in breast drooping. Ptosis of the breasts can be corrected through breast lift surgery. If you are considering having a baby and nursing shortly after your breast augmentation surgery, you might consider waiting until after you’ve had your baby and finished breastfeeding.

Mammograms and Other Health Effects

Silicone implants weren’t approved by the FDA for about 15 years because the long-term health effects weren’t yet known. Some people feared that breast implants would cause breast cancer. However, many scientific studies have shown that there is no correlation between having breast implants and developing breast cancer. In 2006, silicone implants received FDA approval as safe for use in breast augmentation.

A rare form of lymphoma has occurred in about one in every three million women with textured implants.

Breast implants shouldn’t interfere with a quality mammogram. Women at a high risk of developing breast cancer should undergo routine mammograms. You can receive a mammogram performed by a technician who is familiar with breast implants. However, the implants themselves shouldn’t impact your ability to receive a clear mammogram.

If you are considering having a breast augmentation, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hiatt today. Contact our office at (480) 844-1410 or fill out our online contact form for additional information.