Hello, I’m a very active 37 y/o woman & woul…

Hello, I'm a very active 37 y/o woman & would like to get breast implants. Will having implants limit my physical activities in the future? How long do implants last? Will I ever need to replace them? Thank you

Asked by Debbiemore in Aspen, CO • 5 years ago

G. Wesley Price, MD in Chevy Chase, MD

You should be able to continue any activity after allowing for normal healing from breast augmentation. We dont restrict our patients in any way although it is possible some repetitive trauma to the implants could cause damage… Implants fail at about a 1% per year rate so the older the implant gets the more likely to fail but keep in mind that at 10-15 years you still are only in a 10-15% risk group for implant failure. You may need to replace your implants in your lifetime but there is no specific date at which you automatically would replace them. Fortunately the replacement surgery is usually easy as the implant pocket is already formed and you can usually use the old incision. Stay active!

Kenneth R. Francis, MD, FACS in New York, NY

Dear Debbie,
Breast implants will likely not limit your physical activities in the long run. In the short term, i.e. during your healing, you will obviously be limited by some pain and whatever restrictions your surgeon imposes. Current generation implants have a life expectancy of 10-15 years on average, so there is a chance that you may need to someday replace or remove them. Good luck!
Kenneth R. Francis, MD, FACS

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