Prostheses that have a period of validity as the oldest, must be exchanged between 10 to 25 years. The prostheses that are made of cohesive gel, generally, you do not need to be exchanged so soon, while a review every 10 years is required. This review consists of performing only an mri and blood tests to check if there is any infection.
In any case, the silicone prosthesis should be replaced every time that represent damage to the health of the individual, be they physical or emotional.
Why replace the silicone
Some silicone implants have to be exchanged because they have term of validity, are broken or badly positioned. Situations in which the prosthesis is generating wrinkles or folds in the skin can occur in prosthetics of large size, when they are placed in individuals with very thin skin and little fatty tissue to give support to the skin.
The prosthesis need to be changed also if she suffer a breakage caused by automobile accidents, in the case of drilling by “lost bullets” or accident in an extreme sport. In these situations even though it does not present any visible damage, an mri may show the problem.
Another situation in which the silicone prosthesis has to be changed is when the individual fattening or lose weight very and the prosthesis is poorly localized, due to the increase of the sagging skin, in this case, it may be necessary to perform a lifting associated with the placement of a new prosthesis.
What happens if I do not swap
If the silicone prosthesis is not replaced within the recommended period, there may be a small tear, and to generate micro-leaks in the silicone that generates inflammation in the neighboring tissues, and may be even needed to do a scraping for removal of part of this tissue.
This infection when not treated properly can worsen and spread in a large area, compromising even more the health of the individual.
Where to exchange
The silicone prosthesis must be replaced in the hospital environment, with a team of plastic surgeons. The doctor that placed the implant can initially perform the surgery, but it is not mandatory that you do. Another plastic surgeon with the proper knowledge can remove the prosthesis, the old and put the new silicone prosthesis.