It is commonly said that one has to change breast implants every 10 years. In fact, breast implants don’t need to be changed until they need to be changed, which usually means rupture.
Why should Motiva implants be taken into consideration for optimal results?
Breast implants have been around for over 60 years now; the latest implants developed were the Motiva range, which have a particular focus on strength, durability, and longevity.
These implants have only been available to Australian patients for 7 years now. But overseas, the experience with them dates back to 2011, and the longevity of these devices documented so far is very encouraging.
Are changes in patients’ needs a common reason for implant replacement?
Most commonly, implants are changed because the patients’ needs have changed. The sprite young 20-year-old may require a very different implant for her future self-care post-childbearing, breast feeding, and weight fluctuation.
So not uncommonly, after the last child, women will plan to adjust their implant design to their updated tissue requirements.
What method is considered the most effective for monitoring breast implant lifespan?
For monitoring implant integrity, the investigation of choice is MRI. If this is done every 7 years, it is likely that any implant deterioration will be picked up early.
Ultrasound also provides good imaging of a breast implant, but its sensitivity and reliability in detecting it are less reliable than those of an MRI.
Summary About the Lifespan of Breast Implants
So don’t be fooled by the 10-year rule. If the MRI shows the implant is intact and the device still suits the patient’s tissues, then there is no need for intervention.
Dr Terrence Scamp
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