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Breast implants: some of the risks may come as a shock. Breast augmentation has become so common, that it makes most women think that it is a simple, complication-free procedure. However, this could not be farthest from the truth. It is a surgery, after all, and like any surgery you should think long and hard before you go under the knife.

Here are 5 things that you might not know about breast implants:

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1. Breast implants are not lifetime devices. The longer a woman has them, the greater the chances that she will develop complications, some of which will require more surgery.  The patient can also request additional surgeries to modify the aesthetic outcome, such as size or shape.

“The life of these devices varies according to the individual,” says Gretchen Burns, a nurse consultant at FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).  “All women with implants will face additional surgeries—no one can tell them when.” While a few women have kept their original implants for 20-30 years, “that is not the common experience.”

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