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bluesky 01-28-2008 01:40 AM

saline breast implants have to be replaced every 10 years?!?!
if i knew that i wouldn't have got them. think about it, every ten years? that means when you're 60, 70, 80, 90? you're going to have to be going in and getting your implants replaced. are the silicone ones available again? when my oil is due for a changing i'm gonna use silicone :p

joan7 01-31-2008 12:39 AM

"Though saline breast implants are carefully pre-inspected, and made of strong and durable silicone polymers, they cannot last indefinitely. To the benefit of the breast implant recipient, all breast implants currently available in the US are backed by a lifetime manufacturers' replacement warranty, and in the first 5 years after placement, Mentor implants provide for a $1200 reimbursement toward the OR and anesthesia costs of implant replacement. Failure causes are numerous, but certain general facts are known. Thinner walled implants seem to be more long-lasting than thicker walled implants. Smooth breast implants tend to last longer than any textured wall implants (they are also thick-walled). Situations where there is excessive implant folding or wrinkling, as in placement in a constricted (too-small) pocket, lead to failure by causing stress fracturing of the silicone polymer shell at the fold points, and thus the potential benefit of vertically oversized pocket development and massage pocket maintenance. Implants which are filled below the least nominal volume for which they are rated tend to wrinkle and fail prematurely, as well."

That's taken from Dr. Dewire's website here in Virginia which points out some interesting tidbits. My doctor never told me all implants sold in the US are guaranteed!

joan7 01-31-2008 12:40 AM

And to answer - no implants last forever so even silicone have to be replaced although they do last longer than saline bags.

prettything 01-31-2008 12:54 AM

um think about it...... which would u rather leak inside of you? saline from saline implants which is a natural body fluid or silicone which is from oil/petroleum!!!!! it can be an absolute mess to clean up if they leak whereas saline is safe. come on now..... i would never get silicone again. my mom had her silicone ones removed and is about to get saline ones put in. she had them taken out after my aunt's silicone ones leaked sooooo bad and it made her crazy sick.

judy 02-09-2008 03:10 AM

What you need to be concerned about is silicone breast implants. If you do have saline implants and don't replace them on the schedule if they go bad all that will happen is they deflate and the salt water goes into your body which is safely absorbed. Of course this doesn't look good and you'd need surgery asap to avoid people taking notice, but that's not that bad when you consider the alternative is it?

I say stick with saline they last longer than ten year usually and there's no danger than going longer than ten years with them. When it comes to silicone there is a danger of going longer than ten years.

queen_of_plastic 02-16-2008 02:09 PM


Originally Posted by prettything (Post 99)
um think about it...... which would u rather leak inside of you? saline from saline implants which is a natural body fluid or silicone which is from oil/petroleum!!!!!

Hey now I'm not saying silicone is the way to go but the new silicone breast implants that the FDA approved aren't like the antiques back in the 80's!!!! They use some kind of semi-solid silicone so it's not like that outright liquid oil that would just ooze out all over your body if it leaked (or least they don't think it will!) Silicone is NOT BAD I mean what do you think cheek implants and chin implants are made out of? A hard solid silicone! The new breast implants are more solid too. Yeah I think anyone will agree saline is safer but that's not to say the new silicone breast implants aren't safe either.

DrSimonOurian_Epione 05-24-2009 06:01 PM

Both saline and silicone implants generally have to be replaced every 10-15 years. As someone else mentioned, new silicone implants are filled with a semi solid silicone that does not leak the way you imagine it might and they are completely safe. There are risks in any surgery, but both silicone and saline are FDA approved and safe to use. Silicone is generally more life like than saline as well.

MariaGoldstein 07-18-2013 10:58 PM

Earlier it was necessary to change the implants every ten years a the polymer were not durable. But now lots of development is seen in manufacturing of polymer and long and durable polymer are made which do not need frequent replacement. But they are costlier than the older ones.

Little Doll 12-10-2013 02:52 AM

There is a common misconception that implants will only last 10 years. This is not true. If you have no problem with your implant then nothing needs to be done with them. The only reason you would change an implant is if there is a problem with them. The most common long term problem is implant rupture. The risk of a rupture is 1% a year. So the risk of having a broken implant at the end of 10 years is 10%. That means that 90 % of implants will be fine at 10 years. The other common misconception is that saline implants are more likely to rupture than gel. This is not true. The rupture rate is the same for saline and cohesive gel implants because the outer shell of both type of implants are virtually the same.

bodycosmetica 05-05-2014 12:08 PM

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