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How to Tell When Breast Implants Need to Be Replaced

Modern materials and surgical techniques have improved the longevity of breast augmentation results, more than ever before – especially when the procedure is performed by an experienced breast surgeon. It is important to understand, however, that even top-quality breast implants are not designed to last forever. While our board-certified plastic surgeon, Joseph DiBello, MD, FACS, advises patients that their implants should be replaced at the first suspicion or sign of a leak (usually occurring after ten years), certain circumstances may call for earlier replacement or even removal.

It may be time to seek breast implant revision surgery if you experience any of the following:

Certain other health issues, such as breast implant illness (BII), have been associated with breast implants in the past, but these conditions are exceedingly rare and much research still has yet to be conducted on their relationship to implants.

Furthermore, please note that while most patients experiencing these issues choose to exchange their implants, Dr. DiBello is also able to perform breast implant removal (or “explant surgery”). If you are unsure which procedure is best to meet your medical needs and cosmetic goals, Dr. DiBello would be happy to help you make an informed decision during your consultation. To schedule this initial meeting, please feel free to contact us today.

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