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Despite a long life, most breast implants have an expiration date, and women must remove or replace the old or damaged implants with healthier silicone or saline implants. The good news is replacement time can also be an excellent time to re-evaluate appearance goals and come out looking entirely rejuvenated.
If the time has come for you to replace your implants, there are a few crucial tips to consider.
1. Keep an Eye on Size
On average, breast implants need to be replaced every ten years (although your implants may last significantly longer). If it’s been more than a decade since you’ve had your first boob job, you might have new ideas for your body. Just ten years ago, the obviously fake and large breasts were very much in style. Today, more women are choosing plastic surgery that looks natural. The current trend is to go for a more proportionate, natural-shaped breast.
However, some women may regret that they didn’t go “big enough” with their first surgery and choose larger implants this time around. Larger implants offer the benefit of more volume and more projection.
That is the great thing about this process—you get to update your implants to suit your current wants and needs!
2. Placement Matters
There are two types of breast implant placements: submuscular and subglandular. The submuscular placement means the implant is placed under the pectoral muscles. Conversely, the subglandular placement places the insert over the pectoral muscles but under the glandular tissue.
These options ultimately significantly change how your breasts will look. If you initially choose one option and are considering a different placement for your new implants, discuss this with your surgeon. They will be able to advise what kind of placement is best for your situation and body type.
3. Texture MatterS
If you are choosing round implants, you also have the option of choosing between a smooth or textured implant. (This option isn’t available for anatomic implants, as they are all textured.)
The difference between these two is, as the name implies, one is smooth and one is textured. You cannot feel this difference on the surface of your skin. Generally speaking, most surgeons prefer to use smooth implants. If you would like to better understand your options and the differences between textures, discuss with your plastic surgeon.
Note that breast implant removal and breast augmentation recovery is just as important as the surgery itself. Make sure to take enough time off work, get some help around the house, and follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.