How long do saline implants last?


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.

On Wednesday, May 16, 2007, the Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Reconstruction UpdatesJoseph Serletti, M.D. and moderator Jennifer Sabol, M.D. answered your questions about breast reconstruction.

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