Breast Implant

This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Uğur Tosun

Reyap Hospital – Istanbul, Turkey

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FaQ – Breast Implant

How long do breast implants last?

Breast implants are not considered lifetime devices, and their longevity can vary. On average, implants can last between 10 to 15 years, although this can be longer or shorter depending on individual circumstances. Factors such as implant type, surgical technique, and the patient’s body response play a role in the lifespan of implants. It’s important for patients to have regular check-ups and be aware that implants might eventually need to be replaced or removed.

What is the recovery time for breast implant surgery?

Recovery time after breast implant surgery can vary depending on the individual and the specifics of the surgery. Most patients can return to work and light activities within a week or two, but full recovery, including the resumption of strenuous activities and exercise, can take several weeks to a few months. It’s important to follow the surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of complications.

Can breast implants affect mammograms or breastfeeding?

Breast implants can affect mammography, so it’s important to inform the radiologist about the implants before the procedure. Special techniques can be used to get the most accurate images. As for breastfeeding, many women with breast implants are able to breastfeed successfully. However, certain types of incisions and implant placements may have a higher risk of affecting breastfeeding capability. This should be discussed with the surgeon during the consultation.

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