Plastic Surgery Channel expert Dr. Bruce Van Natta from Indianapolis, Indiana talks about breast implants.
As a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Bruce W. Van Natta,M.D. has expertise in a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures.
Recently an article in the Orange County Register titled “Breast Implants lead to return visits to the OR” started a discussion about the life of breast implants. According to the article, about one third of breast implant patients, i.e roughly 33% have a follow up operation within 4 years. Dr. Van Natta corrects this number saying that the actual figure is around 23.5% which is almost 10% lower than the reported number. 23.5% is still admittedly a high number but it is much lower than what it has been made out to be.
The other controversial discussion in the article was about the fact that breast implants need to be changed/ replaced or removed after 10-15 years. This has certainly not been the case that Dr. Van Natta has observed in his practice. He does caution that breast implants are most certainly not “forever devices”. As with any other device that is inserted into the human body such as knee replacements and pacemakers, the device wears out with age and if the patient lives long enough, the device would need replacement. The breast implants functions in pretty much the same way and may need replacement if the patient lives long enough. However, there is absolutely no restriction of 10-15 years on the life of breast implants