When to Remove and Replace Breast Implants

Andover and Lowell, Massachusetts - Nashua, Salem and Manchester, New Hampshire


Breast implants do not have to be removed unless there is some reason for them to be removed. Although breast implants are not guaranteed lifetime devices, they also do not have a predetermined expiration date. Many women do end up replacing their breast implants at some point, for reasons including:

  • Breast implant rupture
  • Breast implant deflation
  • Implant wrinkling or rippling
  • Capsular contracture
  • Implant size change
  • Implant type change

If there is a need or desire to replace your breast implants, the replacement procedure may feel easier and less invasive than the original breast augmentation. Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. George Chatson can replace your breast implant if medically necessary or if you decide you want to change some aspect of your results. Some women decide they want bigger breast implants or want to change between saline and silicone breast implants.

Because breast implants are not lifetime medical devices, they are vulnerable to wear over the years. A saline breast implant can rupture and deflate. A silicone breast implant can break, but is likely to maintain its shape because of the silicone gel. In either situation, you would need to replace the broken implant.

To find out if breast augmentation is right for your goals and expectations, please contact George P. Chatson, M.D., to schedule a breast augmentation consultation in Andover.