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Durability and safety of breast implants

Written by: Dr. José Ángel Lozano Orella
Published: | Updated: 24/02/2020
Edited by: Top Doctors®


What is the duration of a breast implant?

Often patients ask us if breast implants are for life, if they can break and, ultimately, its duration. The breast implant silicone gel is a medical device that can eventually losing its optimal properties and need for the good of the patient a replacement. Its duration will depend on its quality or characteristics of women and external factors. As implant quality depends on the number of layers and degree of cohesiveness gel. The silicone gel high cohesiveness is more compact and does not deform. Similarly, these implants are made with multiple layers of outer covering, that reduce the risk of deterioration of the prosthesis and this gel leakage. Intrinsic factors of the patient, as the body's inflammatory response to a foreign body, and your lifestyle, make the implant lasts more or less as well as external factors, surgical instrumentation, mammograms, manipulations, accidents ... that may also influence negatively.



What does that implants have warranty?

Breast implant manufacturers offer warranty break, some for life. But lifetime warranty does not mean that the implants do not break. Just it means that the manufacturer undertakes to replace broken implants other identical or similar characteristics. Any patient who undergo breast augmentation should know exactly what kind of warranty and coverage is different depending on the commercial houses.



When breast prosthesis change?

When an implant change? When the patient has repeated capsular contracture, ie, a problem that usually occurs when the body exaggerates healing around the implant. When we see intra breaks or extra-capsular, in which we have to remove the capsule apart to remove the broken implant and replace it with a new one. Or we often have to change these implants when there has been significant morphological changes in women, ie exaggerated weight changes, pregnancy, other interventions, et cetera.



What is the cohesiveness of silicone gel?

A level of cohesive gel silicone gel have two types. A liquid gel that in case of rupture migrate throughout the body and in this case, as is a breast implant, go to the axilla. And that we now the gel, which is a highly cohesive gel, this gel maintains the shape of the implant does not migrate. In the event that there is a rupture of the membrane, this gel would not escape and maintain its concentration in the implant pocket. If we observe this cohesive gel implant, and we click, we note that can get a little gel, but when we drop back to its natural position, the gel does not migrate. The gel maintains its position. A pressure yes we can observe that something goes a lot of pressure, but when it returns to its natural position the gel regains form. Likewise, if we break with this knife this prosthesis, we see the high cohesiveness of this gel. This gel is a silicone elastomer with force what deform but when it returns to its natural position recovers its true form. This is the safety of breast implants. This is what ensures that in case of rupture of this cover, the gel does not migrate. Finally say that choosing a good professional should also be noted among the factors that influence the duration of breast implants. A good qualified plastic surgeon ensures the use of breast implants of the highest possible quality and proper handling and monitoring.


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. José Ángel Lozano Orella
Plastic surgery

Dr. José Ángel Lozano Orella is a specialist in Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery with a long career and care. He combines his private activity with his position as specialist of the Plastic Surgery Service of the Virgen del Camino Hospital in Pamplona. In addition, he develops his teaching activity as Associate Clinical Professor of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Navarra.

He is currently President of the Basque-Navarrese-Riojan-Aragonese Society of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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