Both silicone and saline implants have a lifespan towards the upwards of twenty years. If you have had your breast implants for over fifteen years and are wondering when you will need to have your breast redone, read on.
- An X-Ray
The best way to tell if you need to have your breast implants redone or not is to have an x-ray done on them. After you receive an x-ray of both of your breasts, your plastic surgeon will be able to analyze the x-ray in order to determine if your breasts need to be redone or not. Your doctor will be looking for any signs of deflation, any movement that may have taken place, and the overall state of your implant.
Although rare, both silicone and saline implants can rupture or deflate due to either old age or to impact. So how can you tell if your breasts have deflated? If you have saline implants, the deflation process will happen right away and it will be very noticeable. Because saline is just salt water, your body will have an easy and safe time with absorbing it into your bloodstream. However, if you have silicone implants then you likely won’t be able to tell if your breast implants have deflated for a few weeks. Because silicone take longer to leak out of your implants and takes a little bit longer to be absorbed by your body, results won’t be as noticeable as with saline implants.
- Different Sizes
The longer your implants sit in your body for, the more wear and tear they are exposed to. One fairly prevalent indication that you need to have your breasts redone is if you notice that they are different sizes. Because your breasts are considered to be two separate entities, they can deflate, reshape themselves, or even move at different times— leaving you looking and feeling a bit lopsided.
It can be hard to determine when you need to have your breasts redone. However, by either getting an x-ray, watching for deflation or noticing any changes in your breast size, you can have a better understanding of when you need to go into the doctor.
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