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I had breast reconstruction surgery in 2003 with a silicon implant.

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I had breast reconstruction surgery in 2003 with a silicon implant. Can you advise what lifespan you would give to the implant please?

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The answer

I can't give you a definitive answer to this question I am afraid, because the answer is not known and it depends on the type of implant you have. Some silicone implants can start to wear down after about 10-15 years, which can then lead to rupture. Of course not all implants will rupture, some may never do so. If you are concerned that your implants may have ruptured, they can be scanned to check and replaced if needed. Breast implants are not “lifetime” devices, some will fail but it is impossible to predict which ones.

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