Do Breast Implants have an Expiration Date ?
Breast implants have always been controversial—and reality TV stars such as Heidi Montag and the Real Housewives haven’t exactly helped their cause. But a FDA report released earlier last year has brought some new concerns to light: 20- to 40-percent of women with silicone implants need to have them revised within ten years because of complications such as capsular contracture and implant rupture. FDA reports warn that “breast implants are not lifetime devices” and “the longer you have your implants, the more likely it will be for you to have them removed”, or replaced with newer ones.
The FDA looked very carefully at silicone implants before allowing them to return to the market when these allegations were made, and absolutely no scientific data was found linking silicone breast implants to any of these negative conditions.
Most surgeons will tell you to expect a lifespan of 10-20 years. That’s not to say there is a strict expiration date, after which you must have your implants either removed or replaced. Rather after that period of time, the risk of needing another operating is much higher. There are essentially two reasons you might need to remove or replace an implant that was otherwise perfectly fine: capsular contracture, and implant rupture. If these changes are not there at 10 years, or even 20 years, the fact is, you can keep the same implants safely.