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Prostheses that have an expiration date, as with older ones, must be changed between 10 and 25 years. On the other hand, newer dentures, which are made of cohesive gel, generally do not need to be changed so soon, although a review every 10 years is recommended. This review consists of performing only an MRI and blood tests to check for any infection.
In any case, the silicone prosthesis must be changed whenever it represents damage to he alth, whether physical or emotional.
Why change silicone
Some silicone prostheses must be replaced because they have an expiration date, are broken or are poorly positioned.Situations in which the prosthesis is generating wrinkles or folds in the skin can occur in large prostheses, when they are placed in people with very thin skin and with little fat tissue to support the skin.
The prosthesis will also need to be replaced if it breaks due to traffic accidents, in case of perforation or accidents in extreme sports. In these situations, even if it doesn't show visible damage, an MRI can show the problem.
Another situation in which the silicone prosthesis may need to be changed is when the person gets too fat or loses weight and the prosthesis is poorly located, due to increased sagging. In this case, it may still be necessary to perform a facelift associated with the placement of a new prosthesis.
What happens if you don't change
If the silicone prosthesis is not changed within the recommended period, there may be a small rupture and generate micro leaks of the silicone that generate inflammation in the neighboring tissues, and it may even be necessary to perform a scraping to remove part of this tissue.
This infection when not properly treated can get worse and spread over a large area further compromising the he alth of the individual.
Where to change
The silicone prosthesis must be changed in a hospital environment, with a team of plastic surgeons. The doctor who initially placed the prosthesis may perform the surgery, but is not required to do so. Another plastic surgeon with the necessary knowledge will be able to remove the old prosthesis and place the new silicone prosthesis.