Questions About Breast Implants
March 1, 2011
How long do breast implants last?
Though your breast implants will last a long time, they are not designed to last a lifetime. According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the average life expectancy of a breast implant is 16 years. Following the post-operative instructions of a board-certified breast surgeon like Dr. Scott E. Newman can help you prolong the life expectancy of your breast implants as well.
What are my breast implant options?
All breast implants are essentially shaped envelopes made of silicone that are then filled with a gel or saline solution. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two types of breast implants: silicone-gel filled and saline-filled. While the majority of breast augmentation surgeries are performed with smooth, round implants, there are also textured implants. These implants have a rough outer covering, which works to reduce the risk of capsular contracture.
How do I choose the right size breast implant?
Today, you may choose virtually any cup size you desire. However, it is best to temper such freedom of choice with the advice of Dr. Newman. It’s important to think about your lifestyle, your proportions, and what type of breast implant you would like to use – a particular volume saline implant looks different than the same size silicone implant. You can discuss all of this and your ultimate goals during your initial consultation with Dr. Newman.