Patients considering breast augmentation may not be aware that breast implants must be removed or replaced at some point in the future. While this could appear to be a disadvantage of the process, silicone breast implants are very durable, typically lasting between 10-20 years. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Kim provides silicone breast augmentation to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and surrounding locations.
Choosing Your Implants
During your consultation, your surgeon will perform a physical examination and discuss your goals with you. Some patients may bring in pictures of their ideal breasts to help the surgeon understand the look they are hoping to achieve. Depending on the size and shape of your breasts and what size you would like, your surgeon will propose suitable implants for you to choose from.
Silicone Breast Implant Procedure
Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. During the procedure, your surgeon will create incisions either under the fold of the breast, near the armpit, or in the area around the areola. The implants are inserted into the chest either above or beneath the muscle before the incisions are sutured closed and the procedure is complete.
Can I Go Without Replacing My Implants?
There are many reasons silicone breast implants may need to be removed or replaced, such as capsular contracture (when the chest creates scar tissue around the implants, making it thick, distorted, and painful), implant rupture or rippling, and aging (when the breasts droop and the implants don’t have the same appearance they once did). To guarantee safety, it is advised to replace or remove the implants if there is a rupture or capsular contracture, as overlooking it can lead to critical health problems. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Kim provides silicone breast augmentation to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and surrounding locations.
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