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How do you know when it’s time to replace your breast implants, and what do you need to consider before a revision augmentation?

Each year in the United States, hundreds of thousands of women undergo breast augmentation procedures. Almost one third of these women will undergo a revision procedure within three years. The most common reason for revision surgery is for size change, followed by a handful of other implant and surgery related complications, such as capsular contracture, implant malposition problems, visibility or palpability.

Of course, there are success stories, and more and more women who undergo breast augmentations that involve careful planning, meticulous surgery, and the use of newer generation implants, are getting beautiful long lasting results. But all implants eventually fail, right? The answer is that all implants will eventually need to be replaced. Saline implants will deflate over time, and all silicone implants will eventually break down. Along with aging implants, women are faced with changes to their own breast tissues due to the normal aging process, weight gains and losses, pregnancies, and even menopause.

Dr. Glicksman talks about breast augmentation surgery; when you might need a replacement, and what you should consider before through another surgical procedure.