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Are There Long-Term Effects or Changes in Breast Implants Over Time?

By: Dr. Tony Watt


The choice to undergo breast augmentation surgery is a life-changing decision, so it's only natural to have questions. A common concern many women have is how long they can expect their enhancements to last.

At Watt Plastic Surgery & Med Spa, we strive to provide individuals with the highest standard of care and education about their surgical options. Led by Dr. Tony Watt, we are proud to guide patients through each step of their transformation, from the initial consultation through the recovery process and beyond. Before you schedule your appointment with Dr. Watt, here's more about what you can expect in the years following your breast augmentation at our Tampa, FL office.

How long do breast implants last?

While breast implants are designed to be safe and long-lasting, they are not designed to last a lifetime. On average, breast implants can last anywhere from 10 – 20 years, although this varies from person to person. Several factors, including the type of implant, the surgical technique used, and your body's response, play a significant role in the longevity of breast implants. During your consultation, Dr. Watt will let you know what to expect and the steps you can take to maintain your implants.

How can breast implants change over time?

Over the years, it's natural for breast implants to experience some changes. These can include:

  • Shape and size adjustments: Natural body changes such as weight gain or loss can affect the appearance of your implants.
  • Texture variations: Implants may feel different over time due to the natural settling process or changes in body composition.
  • Position shifts: The positioning of implants can alter slightly with age, gravity, or changes in breast tissue.
  • Capsular contracture: A condition where scar tissue forms around the implant, possibly changing its feel or appearance. It's important to note that this is manageable and can be addressed with surgical or nonsurgical treatments.

Staying in touch with Dr. Watt for regular checkups will help manage these changes effectively and ensure your continued satisfaction after breast augmentation surgery.

How can lifestyle factors influence the condition of breast implants over time?

Lifestyle factors can play a crucial role in how well your breast implants hold up over the years. Physical activities, particularly those that impact the chest area, can influence the appearance and integrity of the implants. Weight gain or loss can also significantly alter the appearance of breast implants, as can pregnancy and breastfeeding. One of the best ways to maintain your implants after breast augmentation surgery in Tampa, FL is to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle, which includes a good diet, regular exercise, and avoiding things like smoking.

What should I do if I have a problem with my breast implants?

If you notice any issues with your breast implants, like discomfort or a noticeable change in appearance, the first step is to reach out to Dr. Watt to arrange an examination. For more significant concerns, our practice offers breast implant revision surgery. This personalized approach allows for corrections or adjustments, ensuring your continued comfort and satisfaction with your results.

Keep your implants looking great

Whether you're considering breast augmentation surgery or thinking about breast implant revision to keep your enhancements in top shape, Dr. Tony Watt and the team at Watt Plastic Surgery & Med Spa are here with the answers you need and the care you deserve. Contact our office today to learn more about our approach to breast augmentation for Tampa, FL patients and what you can expect when you place your trust in our hands.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.