When to Replace Breast Implants

Plastic Surgeons serving Denver, Littleton, and Surrounding Areas in Colorado


In years past, surgeons recommended replacing breast implants after about 10 years, but this timeline is no longer all that relevant. There is not a set expiration date for breast implants, but they are not lifetime devices. If you’ve had breast augmentation, you should expect to replace them at some point.

There are several reasons why you may decide to replace your breast implants, including:

  • Breast implant complication
  • To change implant size
  • To change type of breast implant
  • To refresh results

If a breast implant ruptures, it will have to be removed. If your saline breast implant ruptures, it will deflate and the saline fluid will be harmlessly absorbed by your body. Because of cohesive gel, a silicone implant rupture may not be obvious, which is why regular MRIs are recommended.

In some cases, women decide they want larger or smaller breast implants, or they may want to change from a saline implant to silicone, to enhance the naturalness of results. In both cases, the breast implants can be replaced.

Over the years, weight fluctuations, aging and pregnancy change the appearance of your breasts. By replacing your breast implants, our plastic surgeons can restore the shape and volume of your breasts.

To learn more in Denver about breast implants, please contact Grossman Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.