How Long Does Breast Augmentation Last? Why the IDEAL IMPLANT® is a Great Long-Term Option

by | Jun 17, 2021 | Plastic Surgeon Feature

Last year, despite a worldwide pandemic, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that just over 193,000 breast augmentations were performed. Many women elect to have breast augmentation because it can restore lost volume after breastfeeding and pregnancy, or they just want to enhance what they already have. Before choosing to have this procedure, you may be asking questions like, “how long does breast augmentation last?” While breast implants may not be “lifetime devices”, the good news is that they last a lot longer than they used to. “. . . In many cases, breast implants can remain in good shape for 20 years or more.”

Women can take advantage of the latest breast implant technology when they choose the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant. The IDEAL IMPLANT significantly outperforms silicone gel for primary augmentation over ten years with both a lower risk of rupture and capsular contracture. Technology has advanced, make sure your surgeon has, too!

Voted “The State’s Best Plastic Surgeon 6 Years in a Row”, Dr. Donen Davis in Columbia, South Carolina was recently recognized as an Ideal Implant Preferred Surgeon due to his extensive expertise working with this new implant technology. He’s excited to be among a select group of board-certified plastic surgeons to offer the IDEAL IMPLANT® to his patients.

How Long Does Breast Augmentation Last with IDEAL IMPLANT?

The IDEAL IMPLANT is a structured implant, uniquely designed to give women the look and upper pole fullness they want. A series of nested shells surrounds the saline filling of the implant, keeping it from sloshing around and making the implant behave similarly to a silicone gel implant.

Only 3.7% percent of patients experienced a rupture over ten years with the IDEAL IMPLANT. With silicone gel implants, 8.7% to 24.2% of patients experienced a rupture and had to have their implant replaced.

You’ll also never need to worry about a “silent rupture” when you pick the IDEAL IMPLANT. A quick glance in the mirror will tell you that your implants are intact. The FDA recommends that patients who choose silicone gel-filled implants obtain an MRI or ultrasound scan at five to six years after augmentation, and every two to three years after that in order to detect any silent ruptures. This is an out-of-pocket cost, so many women don’t schedule these imaging appointments as routinely as they should.

About Capsular Contracture

Sometimes breast implants don’t last as long as they were designed to due to another issue called capsular contracture. This is where the “capsule” of scar tissue formed around the breast implant becomes unusually hard and starts to contract around the implant. This can cause the breast to look swollen and distorted and also cause pain in some cases. Only 6.6% of women with the IDEAL IMPLANT experienced capsular contracture over ten years, compared to women with silicone gel implants who dealt with it far more often at rates of 12.1-18.9%.

After going through breast augmentation surgery and several weeks of recovery, the last thing you want is a breast implant that’s going to cause you expensive problems down the road. Statistics prove that you can feel confident in your choice when you pick the IDEAL IMPLANT.

Your Consultation with Dr. Davis

In Columbia, South Carolina, patients appreciate Dr. Davis’ unique focus and genuine concern for the needs of each individual. He and his staff are dedicated to nurturing each patient relationship with attentiveness and understanding. Dr. Davis strives to do everything he can to help you attain your cosmetic surgery goals.

When you come in for your consultation with Dr. Davis, he’ll answer your question, “how long does breast augmentation last?” and discuss all your breast implant options with you. He’ll explain the three different types of breast implants available at his office: silicone gel-filled implants, unstructured saline implants, and the IDEAL IMPLANT, and help you pick the size and shape that works best for your body type.

About Dr. Davis

Dr. Davis is a Columbia, South Carolina, native, who practiced law before pursuing his love of medicine—receiving his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1995. Dr. Davis’ post-doctoral training included a surgical internship and residency at Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the chief resident of general surgery in 2000 and went on to continue his training as a plastic surgery resident and chief fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Davis completed his fellowship in 2002 and is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Later that year, Dr. Davis and his family returned to Columbia, SC to start his private practice. Dr. Davis is a past chief of staff for Prisma Health Baptist Medical Center and is past chairman and a current committee member of the Credentials Committee for Prisma Health Baptist Medical Center.

Why Choose Dr. Davis for Your Cosmetic Surgery?

When you select Dr. Davis as your board-certified plastic surgeon, you can be assured you’re picking a surgeon who will value your input and listen to you. Dr. Davis says, “I treasure the relationships I build with each of my patients. Sharing excitement in attaining their cosmetic surgery goals and helping them continue to look and feel better as they age is part of the fun. My patients inspire me each day, and the long lasting relationships I have developed with them are very important to me.” Whatever your personal reasons for breast augmentation, you can trust in the care and compassion of Dr. Donen Davis.

“Dr. Davis did my breast augmentation with implants. From the first phone call, my experience was amazing! The staff are friendly and welcoming and the first consultation was so full of information. Dr. Davis walked through the entire process with me and answered any questions I had! My recovery was great and he always made himself available for last minute checks and questions post-surgery. My results are stellar, and I do not hesitate to recommend Dr. Davis!” -Facebook Review from Taylor Sullivan

Considering breast implants in Columbia, SC? Contact Dr. Davis today to discuss your options. Simply call (803) 929-1901 or visit Dr. Davis’s office is located at 1850 Laurel Street, Suite B, Columbia, SC 29201. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.