Just like everyone who had breast augmentation, their implants will age with time. That being said, the degree to which this occurs varies from patient to patient. Patients will have different starting points when they choose to undergo a breast augmentation procedure with respect to both breast volume and skin quality. These factors, together with the patient’s skin quality, smoking habits and most importantly, DNA have an effect on the strength of the skin.

How your breast size affects your implants as it ages

Small breasted women in the A to B cup range – the highest percentage of women who had this procedure – often have the best chance of a long-lasting result. This is because their skin is less lax and have a tighter fit to the breast itself, which gives a less additional weight on the tissue that ages with time. The breast and implant are also more closely fitted, thus maintaining a more singular aging unit. And with pregnancy, there is less breast tissue to change that gives less stress on the skin.

The only negative issue with a smaller breast size is that the patient will likely show more of the implant through their tissues since there is less soft tissue coverage.

On the one hand, women with slightly larger breasts will have a softer and more natural outcome since they have more soft tissues to help cover the underlying implants. These patients also often have some additional excess skin that accommodates the implant better than women with smaller and tighter starting points. Frequently, the implants remain in place underneath the original breast position tightly held in the breast capsule, but the actual breast tissues eventually age in the implant.

Changes in the breast and implants and how it is corrected

This leads to a circumstance where the implant is out of balance with the actual breast tissue. Depending upon the age of the implant, this can frequently be corrected with a breast lift or “Mastopexy” alone where the breast is repositioned to balance with the implant.

Normally, this also occurs after pregnancy and breastfeeding. The rapid and significant change in the breast skin often results in skin stretch and ultimately stretch marks…
 

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