How Long Does Breast Augmentation Last?

A young woman with curly hair in a professional red blouse smiles at the camera in an office setting Breast augmentation with breast implants not only increases breast size, but also improves overall breast shape. It continues to be one of the most popular procedures in the U.S. every year, and is often the Number 1 procedure with a few hundred thousand procedures performed annually.

If you are considering breast enlargement, you may be wondering how long the results will last. It’s a good question, because most people who invest in their aesthetic goals want to make sure the results will be long-lasting.

Overall, breast augmentation provides lasting enhancement. When it comes to longevity, the two things to consider are 1) how long the implants last, and 2) whether the breast skin at some point needs some rejuvenation due to sagging. Breast implants are not rated as or considered to be lifetime medical devices, which means it’s reasonable to plan to replace them at some point. They may leak, rupture, ripple, change position, or become surrounded by hardened scar tissue. You may also decide you want to change from saline to silicone, change the size, or change some other implant feature. You may also decide to get a revision procedure if skin begins to sag off the edge of the implant or droop, even though the implants themselves will not droop over time.

On average, many women with breast implants will have a revision breast procedure to remove or replace their implants 10-20 years after the initial surgery. Although, it is important to note that there is no set timeline or expiration date with breast implants. By closely following Dr. Kleto’s recovery guidelines and aftercare instructions, you’ll set yourself on a good path toward long-lasting results. Dr. Kleto works with his breast augmentation patients to check in on their results and to address any concerns. You can rely on Dr. Kleto to help you decide if breast implant replacement will be beneficial down the road.

If you are wondering if breast enhancement is right for your aesthetic and restorative goals, please call the practice of Dr. Dean Kleto at 865-524-2442. Dr. Kleto has both a Knoxville and Sevierville location, and is proud to provide aesthetic results for women and men from across Tennessee.


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