Breast implants have been the preferred breast augmentation method for about 50 years. Occasionally, plastic surgeons will see patients who have 20-year old (or older!) breast implants that they want to be removed or replaced. This often brings up questions of “When do you have to replace your breast implants?”
There is a common belief that breast implants need to be replaced every ten years. For older implants, this estimate was not far off. However, many of those older breast implants are still in women today and causing no issues. With more modern types of breast implants, they usually do not need to be replaced unless they are causing issues. Many implants now also come with lifetime warranties.
It should be noted that the risk of rupture or changes in appearance does go up the longer you have your breast implants. Additionally, breast implants cannot stop aging and breasts may still begin to sag over time. With that said, modern breast implants are among the safest and least likely to rupture of all previous generations. Gummy bear breast implants are also made of a cohesive gel that sticks to itself. Therefore, in the rare event of a rupture, it is unlikely to cause major problems or leak into the breast.