The short answer is – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Assuming nothing is wrong with your breast implants, then there is no reason to change them. They do not require routine maintenance or replacement.

Breast implants do require a replacement if there is something wrong with them, specifically if the breast implant is defective and is unable to retain it’s internal filling. Breast implants are either saline or silicone. Detecting problems with these implants differ, based on the filling substance.

Saline implants, deflate rather quickly, and flatten considerably, making it easier to detect if there’s a problem. It’s rare that a saline implant will require a study, such as a mammogram, CT scan, or MRI, to determine if they’re defective or empty. Generally, physical examination will be able to tell if there’s a problem with a saline breast implant.

Silicone breast implants, either made after November 2006 or if they were made for FDA approved studies before November 2006, are typically sticky or cohesive. These type of implants also can’t leak, but rather, if the implants are defective, they may have a distorted shape. MRI follow-up is recommended for these type of implants.

Assuming you’re happy with the results of your breast augmentation surgery in the past, then you do not need to change your breast implants.

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