Every patient considering breast augmentation may have many questions. One of the most frequently asked questions we get at Longwood Plastic Surgery is how long do the implants last? We’re here to answer this and any other questions you may have.

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How Does Breast Augmentation Work?

First, let’s look at what implants can achieve. Breast augmentation is designed to add volume, shape, and forward projection to the breasts for a pleasing, curvy appearance. There are several decisions patients face that impact the final result and the procedure’s aesthetic outcome.

The implant type—silicone or saline—can impact how the breasts look and feel. The shape of the implant—round or teardrop—also affects how the breasts ultimately look. It’s about more than volume, though that is also a consideration made based on the patient’s body type and desired goals.

Another decision to make is the placement of the implants. Subglandular placement is on top of the pectoralis muscle behind the existing breast tissue. Submuscular placement is below the pectoralis muscle. Each location has its advantages, which will be discussed with you during your consultation.

How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

Breast implants, unfortunately, don’t last a lifetime. However, this doesn’t mean they are short-lived. 

Most saline or silicone implants last between 10-20 years before they must be removed or replaced. 

Much of this is determined by physiology and the type of implant you choose. Many patients safely have their implants for longer than this, and most will only have replacements once or twice in a lifetime.

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Implants?

The best candidates are women who are enhancing their breasts for their own well-being. If you aren’t satisfied with your breasts’ size, symmetry, or position on your chest, a Longwood Plastic Surgery breast specialist can help determine if breast augmentation in our accredited surgical facility is right for you.

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Reasons Breast Implants Should Be Replaced

Some of the more common reasons women have their breast implants replaced are:


There is a risk, albeit small, of rupture with breast implants. Leaking saline will be absorbed by the body, leaving the breast looking deflated. Silicone gel is designed to stay in place, so a rupture is less outwardly obvious. Your implants will be monitored by your LPS surgeon at regular intervals.

Capsular contraction

This occurs when scar tissue develops around the implant, hardening the affected breast. It can cause pain, tenderness, and changes in breast size and shape.


The outer silicone shell of the implant can develop wrinkles or ripples. They may only be visible in certain positions, like lying down, but they can become outwardly noticeable.


Aesthetics can change over time, and some women find their implants don’t enhance their appearance any longer. They may choose to have them replaced with differently sized or shaped implants or remove them altogether.

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Take the Next Step

Interested in learning about breast augmentation? Schedule your consultation with Longwood Plastic Surgery today by calling our Brookline office at (617) 383-6250. We serve the Brookline and Greater Boston area with distinction.