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How Often Should You Have Breast Augmentation Surgery?

Often, the appearance of a woman’s breasts can influence her self-esteem. Breast augmentation can improve a woman’s proportions, enhancing the figure and boosting confidence. But how often should you have breast augmentation surgery to replace implants?

Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kristopher Hamwi can help guide you through your breast augmentation journey. With consistent natural-looking results, Dr. Hamwi is your choice as one of the best breast augmentation surgeons in Tampa, FL.

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation enhances the appearance of the breast by increasing or restoring the size of the breasts and improving the shape and projection of the breasts. With more options than ever before, breast augmentation is a safe and natural choice to upgrade your appearance.

As each patient presents a unique situation, there are different types and shapes of breast implants, including:

  • Saline
  • Silicone
  • Analogous Fat Transfer

Each type of implant presents its own, unique benefits. Analogous fat transfer uses the patient’s own body fat to increase the size of their breasts. Saline and silicone implants have been improved over the years and are durable devices that can last 10-20 years before replacing them.

What Happens If Implants Are Not Replaced?

Though durable, no breast implant will last forever. Implants can rupture, leak, or deflate. However, leaks or ruptures are typically not a medical emergency. If saline implants leak or deflate, the body safely absorbs the saline. Silicone gel implants have improved and are designed to stay within the implant shell if the implant ruptures.

Another issue that may develop is capsular contracture, or natural scar tissue forming around any implanted medical device. Capsular contracture may cause breasts to feel firm or hard or cause deformities in the implant’s shape, which can be unsightly or cause discomfort.

Replacing Implants

The risk of rupture increases as the implant ages, especially after it reaches the 10-year mark. However, that doesn’t mean all implants should be replaced that often. The average lifespan of a breast implant is 10-15 years, but many women have had the same implants for upwards of 20 years without issues. The best way to know if your breast implants should be replaced is to stay in contact with your plastic surgeon.

Typically, breast augmentation is only needed to replace leaking or ruptured implants, address capsular contracture, or further increase your breasts’ size.

Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

Generally, candidates for breast augmentation in Sarasota are women in excellent overall health who would like to enhance the appearance of their breasts.

Breast augmentation in Tampa candidates should:

  • Not smoke or be willing to quit
  • Be finished with childbearing and breastfeeding
  • Maintain realistic expectations
  • Understand surgical risks

Dr. Kristopher Hamwi—Your Tampa Breast Augmentation Surgeon

As one of the top breast implant surgeons in the country, double board-certified Dr. Kristopher Hamwi will use his extensive training and experience to help guide you through all aspects of your Tampa breast augmentation.

When you’re ready to enhance your appearance with a breast augmentation, partner with one of Sarasota’s leading aesthetic plastic surgeons! Contact us today to learn more!