• I have decided to get silicone gel implants after my bilat. masectomy, has anyone been told that they last only 10 years? I am going to

    Asked by cris on Tuesday, February 5, 2013

    I have decided to get silicone gel implants after my bilat. masectomy, has anyone been told that they last only 10 years? I am going to

    ask my PS, about this, but wanted to hear from all of you also, Thanks

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    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I was told that they do have a "shelf life" but it is different for each person and there have been many advances in implant technologies over the years. I had my left one replaced only 8 months after my initial surgery because it had pulled away from the chest wall. Some people have theirs for 20 years and haven't needed them replaced yet.

      over 5 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear Cris,

      My answer is yes, my plastic surgeon told me that there is a "shelf life". Usually 10-15 years. I'm not so worried about this. Think of it this way, you'd be sagging unless you're small breaste anyway, so unless you have an underlying medical condition or are terrified of surgery-I'm not (I've had other operations), I can't say "hey no big deal", but the 2nd implantation (hopefully) is just that and not to replace cancerous breasts (consider it a touch up...;) Best advice I can give.

      Warm wishes on a cold NYC Day!

      over 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      A friend of mine recently had hers removed after 15 years because they began leaking.

      over 5 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I was told that they have an average "life span" of 10 years....so that could be slightly less or longer...I've had my current implants for 4 1/2 years (July 2008).....I haven't seen my PS since September 2009 cuz I decided I didn't need to see another doctor and I didn't nee him to just look at me and say "yup they are even"....I still see my onc every 6 months and I figure he'll let me know if something doesn't feel right.... I have a card with the imformation on my implants and as I'm writing this post, realized that I don't know where put it!!!! but I do know its not in my wallet!!! Personally I don't worry about the implants....

      over 5 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar

      I am have my expanders put in next week and the silicone gel at completion. I was told there is a shelf life of 10 years, but my daughter had breast augmentation 12 years ago and had the saline implants and they are still looking great. They told her 10 years too. At 66 and 10 years from now I may not care. At least they will look better than they do now.

      over 5 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      I think my surgeon said about 40 percent of patients require a second surgery of some sort within ten years, or something like that. Hey, I just wanted the expanders out and something put back in there ASAP. The percentages weren't a factor in determining what kind of implant I wanted. If problems arise down the road, we'll deal with them then. I know two women who have had silicone implants for over 10 years without an issue.

      over 5 years ago
    • Baldredhead's Avatar

      Hi, Cris!
      I have a silicone implant and was told the life is about 17 years....Don't know if that helps, but a bit longer sounds better, doesn't it?
      Be STRONG!

      over 5 years ago
    • luvnlife's Avatar

      The PS who did my reconstruction (2007) after bi-lateral with silicone implants never made one mention that I would ever have to have my implants replaced. Mind you he is supposed to be the best in town and even the head of something (school or board) whatever, I thought he was a pukey little man with no bedside manner who always acted like I was overthinking the whole thing. But, the only PS who did reconstruction at the time or his partner so choice was limited couldnt shop around. I didnt know to ask until after (blamed it on chemo brain) and when I asked him if they would need replaced he just looked at me and shook his head no. I am also kind of restricted in my exercise options due to side effects from prendisone I took when I had nonhodgkin lymphoma, cant take impact, have avascular necrosis in both hips which will one day need replacing, soooo I swim laps almost every day for an hour and figure all that arm and upper body movement is probably rubbing the implants. I dont know, what can I do but just live each day to the fullest and hope for the best, and deal with the drama if and when it gets here. They do look great, but would not have been the end of the world without them.

      over 5 years ago

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