Jeffrey Kenkel, MD, FACS
1801 Inwood Road, 5th Floor
Dallas, TX 75390
(214) 645-3112
Specializing in Cosmetic Surgery
of the Face, Breast & Body
(214) 645-3112 Dallas, Texas

Does a breast augmentation also lift the breasts? Do implants have a life span?

Breast augmentation is used to enhance the size of a patient’s breast. It may give the illusion that the breast has been lifted to a very small degree but will not replace the need for a lift in a patient that requires one.

Everything has a lifespan, especially man made devices. The implant companies put the risk of implant rupture at about 1% year which is cumulative. I think patients should understand that sometime in that 10 –15 years after placement, they may require implant replacement for failure. Of course, there are many women that have had their implants in for much longer than that. Our decision to replace the implants is based on shape, discomfort, objective evidence (ultrasound, mammogram or MRI) of rupture or patient preference.

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