If you’re researching breast augmentation surgery in Virginia Beach, you may have come across a common myth that breast implants need to be replaced periodically. Is revision surgery really necessary, and will your breast implants “expire”? Although the FDA states breast implants are not lifetime devices, there is no expiration date on them. As long as you do not desire a change in aesthetics, or have a complication such as rupture, you can keep your breast implants in place for a lifetime. However, monitoring your silicone gel breast implants is important. Learn why, and what method is used for monitoring, below.

Why You Need To Monitor Your Breast Implants

Why do silicone gel breast implants need regular check ups? Dr. Galumbeck explains, “if a silicone gel breast implant leaks, the silicone gel stays in the breast tissue and so you can’t tell that its leaked with a “silent rupture”. The FDA actually recommends that women get MRIs every few years to look for leakage.” If the silicone gel begins to leak outside the breast tissue surgery to remove it can be difficult and messy. Early detection of a ruptured breast implant will help your surgeon remove all silicone gel from the breast pocket.

If you have saline breast implants or IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants, you do not need regular monitoring. Saline is naturally absorbed by the body, it is the same liquid found in IVs and used in numerous medical applications. If a saline or structured breast implant ruptures, the implant shell deflates and the saline is safely absorbed. Removal and replacement of the implant is still needed, but rupture detection is as simple as looking in a mirror. 

How To Monitor Your Breast Implants

As Dr. Galumbeck stated above, the FDA recommends MRIs every few years for women with silicone gel breast implants. MRI is one of the best ways to detect a silent rupture, since this type of rupture does not show physical symptoms. According to current FDA recommendations women with silicone gel breast implants should get an MRI three years after a breast augmentation, then every two years for the life of the implant.

Scheduling Breast Augmentation Surgery In Virginia Beach

When you’re ready to learn more about your options for breast implants, visit Dr. Galumbeck for a consultation. Dr. Galumbeck is dedicated to offering a wide variety of breast implant options so that you can find one that fits your body and your lifestyle. Call Galumbeck Plastic Surgery at 757-778-9458 today to schedule your appointment.

About Dr. Matt Galumbeck

With over 20 years of clinical experience and having performed over 5,000 cosmetic surgery procedures, Dr. Matthew Galumbeck has the experience and skills to deliver outstanding cosmetic surgery outcomes.

A native of Virginia Beach, Matthew Galumbeck, MD received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, and his medical degree from Duke University. He trained in general surgery at Case Western Reserve University, and in plastic surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Further study includes advanced training in body contouring in Paris.

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