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Reader Question: Can Breast Implants Last Ten Years?

Posted Oct 08 2009 12:00am

Reader Question:

I am worried about having to have surgery all the time if I get breast implants. Can breast implants last ten years? It seems the ladies I see posting online are going back to have surgery a lot.

Are you in Orange County California? Is that the Ocbody.com thing? If so, you may be seeing me soon. lol.

Here is a bit from a “thank you” card a patient sent me a few years ago:

“Wow – It has been a decade! My surgery was May 22, 1997 I think. That’s amazing. I told my husband just the other night that ‘they’ are still doing good and that some people have to have theirs replaced after a few years. See how good you are?!

This woman had saline-filled implants placed by me in 1997. They are at present 12 years old and she is without problems. Getting breast implant results to last ten years is a matter of focus:

Don’t have larger implants placed than your tissues will easily cover. Consider saline implants (which suffer less hardening over time) and have them placed  under the muscle.

And yes, I am an Orange County Plastic Surgeon and that was the reason for the web site address when I registered it. I appreciate your consideration.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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