20 Apr

Signs Your Breast Implants Need to Be Replaced

When you first got your breast augmentation, you were likely warned that implants don’t last forever. Eventually, they need to be replaced. Most women have their implants replaced every eight to ten years. Some women have been known to go 20 years between surgeries. Even though the amount of time your implants last may vary, there are some critical signs you need to get your breast implants replaced.


You may experience hardening of the scar tissue around the implant. This can sometimes cause discomfort, and may cause changes in the appearance of the breast. This is a sign you need to see a plastic surgeon to address the issue and possibly replace the implants.


Rupture is not likely, but it does occur. If you have saline implants, a rupture will be apparent within hours or days of the rupture. The saline will leak out of the implant and be reabsorbed into the body harmlessly, with no symptoms. But you will notice that the breast deflates. With a silicone rupture, the leak is so slow  you may not know at all. If you suspect something may have ruptured your silicone implant, it is important to get an exam and see if it needs to be replaced.


It is possible for the implants to get ripples that can be felt or even seen on the breast. These ripples are a sign that the implant is wearing out, and it needs to be replaced before it ruptures. If you notice any ripples in your breast, schedule an appointment soon.

Change in Position

Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, or weight gain can all cause changes in the size and shape of your breasts. If your breasts change shape and size naturally, the implants may shift so that one breast is lower than another, or your nipples are not aligned. This is the time when you may need a breast lift and possible replacement of your implants.

If you have had your implants for more than ten years, it may be time to replace them. Contact us today for a consultation and exam so we can schedule your implant replacement.

Dr. William W. Adams MD

Plastic Surgeon at Dr. William W. Adams MD
Dr. William Adams is a serious surgeon. After stints in San Francisco, Portland, Oregon and Little Rock, Arkansas, he established his practice in St. Petersburg in 1995. For his internship and residency, he chose the prestigious Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, in large part because the program allowed him to immediately concentrate on plastic surgery. Find out more about Dr. Adams on Google + and Facebook