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Summary: Breast implants are an investment in yourself. They can help you fill out beautiful clothes and to feel sexier and more feminine. Breast implants can even help you feel more confident and inspire you to do things you were once afraid to do.

Of course, many investments require maintenance. Is this true when it comes to breast implants? Once you have your new breasts, what do you have to do to keep them in optimal shape? Do they need to be replaced after a certain time? Read on to find out the answers to these and other important breast implant maintenance questions.

Scheduled Maintenance for Implants?

You really don’t have to do much to maintain your breast implants after the initial recovery period. Implant failure is actually quite rare, but you often can’t tell from the outside when a silicone implant ruptures, so it’s a good idea just to have periodic checkups. If you have questions about the state of your implants, you can always talk to the plastic surgeon who did them for you.

Your plastic surgeon can offer valuable insight about your breast implants, and help you determine if there is any cause for concern.

Do All Implants Need to Be Replaced Eventually?

You may have heard that implants need to be replaced every so often. This is not necessarily true. Many women never have to replace their implants. Of course, in the event of an implant rupture, you’ll need to have it replaced. Other reasons you might consider replacement are if your implants cause you any pain or discomfort or if you don’t like the way they look, as may be the case if you’re experiencing breast implant rippling. If you have concerns about whether your breast implants might need to be replaced, talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon.

How Can I Take Good Care of My Implants?

Some of the most important breast implant maintenance you’ll ever do happens in the weeks following your breast augmentation surgery. Here’s how you can play an active role in keeping your implants healthy and beautiful immediately after your procedure and beyond.

  • Wear your compression bra. The bra you’ll have to wear post-surgery probably won’t be pretty, but it’s an important part of a healthy breast augmentation recovery. This garment will provide optimal support to allow your implants to heal.
  • Listen to your plastic surgeon’s post-operative instructions. Besides wearing your compression garment, make sure to follow your aftercare guidelines closely. Get plenty of rest, and don’t try to do strenuous activities or stop wearing your compression bra before your surgeon gives you the go-ahead. Ignoring recovery instructions can introduce health and safety risks, and it can negatively affect your final results.
  • Follow good general breast health guidelines. Take care of your breasts to keep them healthy, whether you have implants or not. This means having regular checkups and/or mammograms as recommended by your doctor.

Breast Implants Are Fairly Low Maintenance

Breast implant maintenance is actually pretty simple. The old adage, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” can be applied to breast implant replacement most of the time. If you’re happy with the way your implants look and feel, and there are no obvious signs of rupture or other issues, there is probably no need to pursue replacement.

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