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Signs Your Implants Need Replacing

Signs your implants need replacing

Implants can last anywhere from 2 days to 25 years, which means knowing the signs your implants need replacing is crucial. When you get breast implants, once they have settled into the skin and muscles, they will start to move naturally with the body. Like anything the more they move around the more the outer layers will eventually ware down and replacement or removal will be necessary. On average breast implants last 10 years but again each case is different because every body is different.

Moving Implant

When you get a breast augmentation, once the body has healed, the implant is supposed to move as a normal breast would. Sometimes, if the implant was not placed in the correct spot, or settled into one breast differently than the other it can move, or migrate, which will make the breasts appear different. One could sit higher than the other making it look noticeably uneven. Uneven breasts is one of the biggest signs your implants need replacing.


One of the biggest signs your implants need replacing is if you notice rippling in the breast region. Over time the implants will start to shift as they settle into the skin and as the breast tissue begins to recede, rippling will be more apparent. Also, implants can fold in on themselves as the material weakens and the body puts pressure on it. Saline implants tend to ripple more than silicone implants, but it is possible with both after being in the body for so many years.


With saline implants, you will notice a rupture almost immediately because even with the smallest of holes the salt water mixture will leak quickly and cause the breast to deflate. With silicone, ruptures are known as, “silent ruptures,” because the silicone attaches to the tissue, it may be hard to determine it has indeed ruptured because it won’t look deformed immediately.

Signs of a ruptured implant can include:

  • deflated breast or deformed shape
  • pain including burning or swelling
  • tingling or numbness of the breast

There have been cases reported where women were unaware of having a ruptured implant which is why it is important to set up regular visits with your surgeon to check that the implants are functioning properly and no ruptures have occurred.


One of the risks to getting breast implants is developing a capsule contracture. This can occur after the breast implants are put in and your scar tissue begins to build up around the implant. Usually the scar tissue will be soft and help to give the implant a more natural look and feel. However, when a foreign object is put into the body, sometimes the immune system will reject it and respond in a protective manner. If you think you may have any of the signs below, you need to see your doctor immediately to determine if you are one of the rare cases to develop a capsule contracture. A second surgery will need to be performed, but your surgeon will decide the best course of action to ensure you are safe and your health is no longer at risk.

Signs of Capsular Contracture:

  • Pain in the breast area
  • Hardening of the breast

Sizing Issues

Although you pick the size of your implants, sometimes women have the surgery and shortly after realize that they are unhappy with the size. There are a few things that go into being unhappy with the size of your implants. You may think they are too small and you had imagined, and still want, them to be bigger. If this is the case, than you may consider implant replacement. Another one of the major signs your implants need replacing is when they are too big. Often women will think they want large breasts, but after a while they may become more of a hassle than you originally expected. Too large of implants can cause back pain and stop you from participating in certain activities.

Signs Your Implants Need Replacing

signs your implants need replacingWhether your implants are brand new or 25 years old, the above signs your implants need replacing are important things to take note of. Getting any type of plastic surgery comes with risk; ask questions, know the outcome possibilities, and most importantly know the aftercare and upkeep.

If you have questions, or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Finkel to see if you need breast implant replacement, call our office today! Our friendly staff is always happy to lend a helping hand to an inquiring patient!