What You Need to Know About the Durability of Breast Augmentation


At New York Liposuction Center, we understand that making the decision to undergo breast augmentation can be a big one. That’s why we are committed to providing our patients with the most up-to-date information on the procedure and what they can expect in terms of long-term durability. In this blog post, we will discuss what you need to know about the durability of breast augmentation, including types of implants, factors that affect implant longevity, common complications, and aftercare tips for long-term success.

Breast augmentation is a procedure used to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. It is typically done using either silicone or saline implants which are inserted under the chest muscles or directly behind the breast tissue. The benefits of breast augmentation include improved body proportions, increased self-confidence, and better fitting clothes. However, it is important to understand that all implants have a limited lifespan and may need to be replaced at some point in time.

Definition of Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure designed to enhance the size and shape of the breasts by inserting an implant behind each breast tissue or muscle. The implants used in this procedure are typically made from either silicone or saline and come in various sizes and shapes depending on your desired outcome. The goal of this procedure is to improve body proportions, increase self-confidence, and provide better fitting clothing options for those who choose to undergo it.

Overview of Procedure & Materials Used

The breast augmentation procedure typically begins with anesthesia being administered so that you are comfortable throughout the entire process. Once you are sedated, your surgeon will make an incision either under your arm, around your nipple area, or below your breast fold depending on which type of implant you choose and where it needs to be placed in order for optimal results. After making the incision, your surgeon will then place the implant either directly behind your breast tissue or underneath your chest muscles before closing up the incision site with sutures or surgical tape.

Benefits Of Breast Augmentation

The primary benefit of undergoing breast augmentation is improved body proportions as well as increased self-confidence due to having larger breasts that fit better with clothing options available on today’s market. Additionally, many women find that their overall posture improves after undergoing this procedure due to having more support from their newly enhanced breasts which helps them stand up straighter and taller than before surgery. Finally, many women also report feeling more feminine following their surgery as they now have larger breasts that give them a more curvaceous silhouette compared to before they had their surgery done.

Types of Breast Implants

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that involves the insertion of implants to enlarge the size and shape of breasts. It is an incredibly popular procedure, with more than 300,000 women in the United States alone undergoing the procedure each year. The implants used for breast augmentation come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. Before undergoing any type of surgery, it is important to understand the different types of implants available and how they may affect the durability of your results.

Silicone Implants

Silicone implants are made from a silicone shell filled with silicone gel or saline solution. These implants are preferred by many patients as they provide a more natural look and feel than other types of implants. Silicone implants also tend to be more durable than other implant types, although their longevity depends on proper care and maintenance. Additionally, silicone implants may be more prone to rupturing or leaking due to their softer material.

Saline Implants

Saline implants are made from a silicone shell filled with sterile saltwater (saline). They are less expensive than silicone implants but have a higher risk of rippling or wrinkling when compared to silicone implants. Saline implants also require larger incisions for placement and can result in a firmer feel than silicone implants. However, these risks can be minimized with careful post-operative care and maintenance.

Gummy Bear Implants

Gummy bear implants are made from a cohesive gel that maintains its shape even when cut in half. This makes them ideal for those looking for long-lasting results as they maintain their original shape over time without sagging or shifting like traditional saline or silicone implants can do. Additionally, gummy bear implants tend to provide a natural look and feel that many patients prefer over traditional implant materials. However, these types of implants are typically more expensive than other implant options and may require larger incisions for placement due to their thicker consistency.

Fat Transfer Implants

fat transfer breast augmentation is an increasingly popular option among women who want longer-lasting results without using traditional implant materials. During this procedure, fat cells are harvested from another part of the body (such as the abdomen or thighs) and injected into the breasts to create volume and shape. This method provides natural-looking results while also reducing the risks associated with traditional implant materials such as capsular contracture or rupture/leakage. However, fat transfer results tend to be less predictable than other implant options and may not last as long due to absorption over time by the body’s tissues.

Cohesive Gel Implants

cohesive gel breast implants are made from a firm yet flexible silicone gel that maintains its shape even when cut in half (similarly to gummy bear implants). These types of breast augmentation offer natural-looking results with reduced risks such as capsular contracture or leakage/rupture compared to traditional saline or silicone options. Cohesive gel implants also tend to be longer lasting due to their thicker consistency which helps reduce movement within the breast pocket after surgery. However, these types of breast augmentations tend to be more expensive than other implant options because they require larger incisions for placement due to their thicker consistency compared to traditional saline or silicone options..

Structured Saline Implants

structured saline breast augmentation involves inserting an anatomically shaped implant filled with sterile saltwater (saline) into each breast pocket during surgery. This type of implant has been designed specifically for use in breast augmentation procedures and provides natural-looking results while still offering improved durability compared to traditional saline or silicone options due to its unique design which helps reduce movement within the pocket after surgery. Additionally, structured saline breast augmentations tend to cost less than other types of implant materials making them an attractive option for those looking for longer lasting results without breaking the bank

Type of Implant
Look & Feel
Less Natural
Gummy Bear
Fat Transfer
Cohesive Gel
Structured Saline

III. Factors That Affect Durability

Breast augmentation is a procedure that can enhance the size and shape of your breasts, making them look fuller and more symmetrical. However, it’s important to understand that the results of your surgery may not last forever. There are several factors that can affect the durability of your breast implants, including implant type and material, the patient’s body and lifestyle habits, placement of the implant, and quality of the implant itself.

Implant Type and Material

The type and material of your breast implants will have a major impact on how long they last. Silicone implants are usually made from a cohesive gel that is designed to retain its shape over time, while saline implants are filled with sterile saltwater solution. Gummy bear implants are made from a thicker silicone gel that is designed to hold its shape better than traditional silicone implants. Fat transfer implants use fat cells taken from another part of the body to increase breast size, while structured saline implants feature an inner shell filled with saline solution surrounded by an outer shell for added support. Each type of implant has different advantages and disadvantages when it comes to durability.

The Patient’s Body and Lifestyle Habits

Your body type and lifestyle habits will also play a role in how long your breast augmentation lasts. People who are overweight or obese may experience more rapid deterioration in their results due to increased pressure on the chest area from excess weight. Additionally, people who smoke or engage in other unhealthy lifestyle habits may be at higher risk for developing complications such as capsular contracture due to decreased blood flow in the area surrounding the implant. It’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle after surgery in order to maximize your results and ensure long-term durability.

Placement of the Implant

The placement of your implant will also affect its longevity. Implants placed under the muscle tend to last longer than those placed directly behind the breast tissue because they have more support from surrounding muscles and tissue structures. Additionally, submuscular placement can reduce the risk of complications such as capsular contracture due to decreased pressure on the implant itself.

Quality of the Implant Itself

Finally, it’s important to consider the quality of your implant when considering its durability. High-quality implants are designed with superior materials that are less likely to break down over time or cause other complications such as leakage or rupture. Your surgeon should be able to provide you with information about the quality of their implants so you can make an informed decision about which one is right for you.

Common Complications with Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a popular and effective procedure, but it is not without risks. Though the risk of complications is low, it is important to be aware of the potential issues that may arise from breast augmentation surgery.

Capsular Contracture

Capsular contracture is one of the most common complications associated with breast augmentation surgery. It occurs when scar tissue forms around the implant and contracts, causing the breast to become hard and distorted in shape. In some cases, capsular contracture can cause pain or discomfort.

Infection or Inflammation

Infection or inflammation can occur after any type of surgery, including breast augmentation. Signs of infection include redness, swelling, pain at the incision site, fever, and drainage from the incision site. If you experience any of these symptoms after your procedure, contact your doctor immediately for treatment.

Main Idea: Common complications from breast augmentation include capsular contracture, infection and inflammation.

Aftercare Tips for Long-Term Durability

Having a breast augmentation can be an exciting experience for many women, as it can help them achieve the figure they desire. However, it’s important to understand that there are certain factors that can affect the durability of your implants over time. While the type and quality of your implants are important, so is your lifestyle and how you care for your implants after surgery. Here are some tips to ensure long-term durability following breast augmentation.

Follow-up Appointments with Your Surgeon

It’s important to follow up with your surgeon regularly after having a breast augmentation. This will allow your surgeon to monitor any changes in size or shape of your breasts and make sure everything is healing properly. During these appointments, you should also discuss any concerns or questions you may have about the longevity of your implants and their durability over time.

Regular Self-Exams for Any Changes in Size or Shape

In addition to regular follow up appointments with your surgeon, it’s also important to perform regular self-exams on your breasts to check for any changes in size or shape that could indicate a problem with the implant. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, be sure to contact your doctor right away.

Avoiding Strenuous Physical Activity After Surgery

Strenuous physical activity can cause unnecessary stress on the body and can potentially damage the implants if done too soon after surgery. It’s important to wait at least six weeks before engaging in any high impact activities such as running or jumping, and even then it’s best to consult with your doctor first before doing so.

Wearing a Supportive Bra to Reduce Movement

Wearing a supportive bra after surgery can help reduce movement of the breasts and prevent damage from occurring over time due to excessive movement or strain on the implant area. Be sure to wear a comfortable, supportive bra during physical activity or when engaging in activities that involve lifting or carrying heavy objects as this will provide extra support and protection for the implant area.

Limiting Sun Exposure To Prevent Fading

Sun exposure can cause fading of both natural and augmented breasts over time, so it’s important to limit sun exposure as much as possible by wearing sunscreen when outdoors and avoiding tanning beds altogether if possible. Additionally, wearing clothing that covers up the chest area while outdoors will also help protect against fading caused by sun exposure.

F Eating A Healthy Diet And Exercising Regularly

Eating a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains will help keep your body strong and healthy which is essential for long term durability of breast implants over time. Additionally, exercising regularly (under supervision from a doctor) will also help maintain muscle tone which can help keep implants looking their best over time as well as helping reduce risk of complications such as capsular contracture down the line.

G Maintaining A Stable Weight

Maintaining a stable weight is also essential for long term durability of breast implants over time because sudden fluctuations in weight can cause additional strain on the implant area which could lead to complications down the line such as rupture or displacement of the implant itself. It’s best to avoid crash dieting or extreme weight loss methods in order to keep your weight at a healthy level throughout life following breast augmentation surgery.


At New York Liposuction Center, we understand the importance of making sure that your breast augmentation is durable and long-lasting. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Arnold Breitbart, is highly experienced in performing breast augmentation surgeries and will ensure that you get the best possible results from your procedure. The type of implant used, placement of the implant, quality of the implant, and lifestyle habits all play a role in how long your breast augmentation will last. It’s important to follow aftercare tips such as regular self-exams for any changes in size or shape, wearing a supportive bra to reduce movement, limiting sun exposure to prevent fading, eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, and maintaining a stable weight.

If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery, please don’t hesitate to contact us at either our Park Avenue or Manhasset location to schedule an appointment with Dr. Breitbart. We look forward to helping you achieve your desired results!