How Long Does a Breast Augmentation Last?
Breast implants are designed to remain in the body for many years, but may not last forever. You can expect that you will eventually need to remove or replace them. The results of breast augmentation typically last ten to twenty years. As a result, you may only need new implants once or twice in a lifetime.
Keeping breast implants longer is not dangerous, but the longer you keep them, the more likely they are to develop problems such as capsular contracture or implant rupture (breaking). Signs of an aging implant can include hardening, a rippled texture, or scar tissue around the implant. If you develop any of these problems, talk to your surgeon about whether your implants may have reached the end of their lifespan.
How is Breast Augmentation Performed?
Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia. Your LPS surgeon performs your procedure in our outpatient surgical suite. Your surgeon will choose the type of incision and placement of the implant based on your goals and anatomy. They may place the implant under the pectoralis muscle (submuscular) or above the muscle and under the breast tissue (subglandular/subfascial).
How Long is Recovery From Breast Augmentation?
You will usually feel comfortable enough to resume light activities, such as showering, after about 48 hours. Soreness and swelling will improve steadily. We will develop an individualized plan for your return to work and other activities. You can usually return within a few days if your job does not require extensive physical activity.