Is Breast Augmentation Surgery Permanent?

Smiling woman in bra posing over gray backgroundAlthough many cosmetic and aesthetic treatments and procedures can help you achieve a desired or enhanced look, many only provide temporary results and require follow-up treatments to maintain the same results. For surgical procedures, this may not be the preferred option.

If you have breasts that are smaller than you would like, uneven or disproportionate, breast augmentation can enhance the aesthetic look of your chest and boost your self-confidence.

The procedure is performed in an outpatient surgical setting and generally takes about 2-3 hours, and most patients can return home the same day. Although every patient is different in how they will react to the procedure, recovery takes around 4 to 6 weeks.

For many years, the implants used have had a finite lifespan after the procedure. Whether saline or silicone is used for the implants, modern advancements have increased their lifespan to at least 10 years. In many cases, healthy implants that remain intact can last even longer.

Since the implants used for breast augmentation do not last forever, it is important to look for signs that a replacement is needed. For saline implants, the lining may become wrinkled and show ripples on the skin. If the lining is compromised, the saline will quickly leak, and the implant will delete.

Silicone implants, on the other hand, tend to stay together, even if ruptured. The modern materials used for silicone implants do not necessarily last significantly longer, but if the implant is ruptured, this silicone will not break down and disintegrate like earlier technology. In both cases, implants used for breast augmentation will eventually need to be replaced.

Although breast augmentation surgery may not give permanent results, with the skilled hands of an experienced plastic surgeon, you can see the procedure’s results for over a decade. Dr. Raymond Jean and the team can work with you and walk through the procedure, recovery, and potential replacement processes.

Call Mainline Plastic Surgery in Bryn Mawr, PA, at 484-222-0010 or visit to schedule a consultation.

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