The most recent implants are strong and durable. There is no expiration date associated with prostheses therefore it is not necessary to change the implants routinely, even after 10 years.
Monitoring by your surgeon (every 2 to 3 years until the 10th year, then every year after) is recommended to check for any signs of wear and tear on the implants that may justify a replacement (appearance of a capsule, breast deformity…).
Regular Mammograms for all women from a certain age for breast cancer screening also make it possible to check the integrity of the breast implants.
Finally, implants coated with polyurethane foam have a longer average life span than the implants covered only with silicone. This is due to the minimal development of breast scar tissue (capsule) thanks to the polyurethane. The appearance of capsules is the primary cause for replacing implants.
Breast implants and autoimmune diseases.
It has been scientifically established that that breast implants do not increase the rate of autoimmune diseases.
Breast implants and breast cancer.
The risk of breast cancer is unchanged in the presence of breast implants. However, mammography breast monitoring can be made more difficult by the presence of breast implants, especially those in the pre-muscular position (directly under the gland). In some cases, additional monitoring techniques may be required (MRI, ultrasound).
An annual follow-up with your surgeon is recommended when you have breast implants.
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