How long do saline implants last?

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Question from Nancy: I had reconstruction done in 1993. My implants are saline. How long before these will have to be replaced?
Answers - Joseph Serletti I would say they need to be replaced when there's clinical evidence of rupture. Saline implants are filled with salt water and when the implants' shell develops a crack or a leak, the saline leaks out over a two to three day period. It's sort of like a slow leak on a tire. What the patient will notice is that their breast reconstruction over a day or two will get smaller and smaller. In that setting, the patient should see their plastic surgeon, reasonably promptly so that the implant can be replaced.

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