How long will my implants last?
All I want for Christmas is a new boobjob…a new boobjob…a new boobjob! I knew I was due for one when I was at the gym with my new personal trainer and he was teaching me how to work my triceps. He said push the weight bar down and then let it come back up to breast level and my best friend chimes in and says, "you mean where her breasts are or where they're supposed to be?" We all got a good laugh out of it, but inside I was thinking, man with friends like her, who needs enemies?!?
I realized right then and there I needed a little, uh, pick-me-up. It had been 14 years since I had my breast augmentation, but I always assumed one was all you needed. Only recently did I discover they will eventually have to be replaced. I suppose my doctor who did a fabulous job (I might add) mentioned it to me at some point during consultation, but I just don't remember. However, I suppose it makes sense that a heavier set at some point is bound to succumb to gravity. I decided to do some research and find out some averages in the lengths of times you can count on for breast augmentation and some popular injectables.
Take note that each of these result times are only estimates and averages. The answer will depend on your age, health, the type of procedure and many other environmental factors. The question should be one you should discuss with your surgeon at time of consult.
The doctors at Columbus Plastic Cosmetic Surgery maintain, "Like all things made by man or machine, your implants wear out with time." Going on to say that the younger you are when you get your implants the more likely you will need replacement. I can't find a written in stone result time for implants to save my soul. The best estimate I've found are the product inserts for the implants from the pharmaceutical companies who make them, however, they too are not typical times. They are percentages of failures after 1 year, 3 years, 5 years and some have up to 7 years. Virtually every website where doctors have answered this question all basically agree that if every woman lived to an old age, all implants would need to be replaced at some point in their life.
The Columbus clinic mentioned above feel that after the initial injection the results will last between four to seven months. My personal experience has been typically three to four months but those times seem to be extending a few days to a week or so each time I get repeated injections. And apparently some studies do conclude or suggest that repeated injections may lead to longer results cumulatively.
Most information suggests that collagen injections last between 3 to 5 months, but Dr.Wood-Smith of New York says they may have longer lasting outcomes depending on patient's age, genes, skin, lifestyle and site injected.
When used on the face, depending on age, metabolism, skin type, lifestyle, etc. the medical staff at Hedden Plastic Surgery feel that the correction should last an estimated 1 to 2 years, with an occasional touch up. Radiesse is another injectible dermal filler such as collagen or Restylane.
This injectible dermal filler lasts approximately 6 months and is made up of non-animal hyaluronic acid which makes it extremely allergy friendly. No allergy testing is required, therefore you can get the treatment on the actual day of the appointment. Please share with us your experiences with these treatments. I'm especially interested in your individual experience with breast augmentation so that we can get an idea on some typical complications, length of results, as well as positive feedback. Maybe you'll help me decide if I really want a new boob-job for Christmas or perhaps I should skip it and get my teeth whitened instead…All I want for Christmas is some new white teeth, new white teeth, some new white teeth!