Do breast implants come with an expiration date?
On this morning’s Today show, “Momager” to the Keeping Up with the Kardashians clan, Kris Jenner told co-anchor Savannah Guthrie that she had her breast implants replaced because her boobs were way past their “expiration date.”
“The reason I went in and did that was because I had had my implants in for 152 years — you know, a long time, way longer than their shelf life.”
Kris Jenner had her pre- and post-op course filmed as part the show. She considers it a similar to a PSA (something she’s done before for Poise and “light bladder leakage”). Jenner urges all women with implants:
You know, take them out and change them after 10 years. That was a big message and important for me to sort of put out there in a comical way. You know, I made fun of myself. Because at my age, you’re over 50 — like, when do you stop? But it was so important, health-wise, to remind women to check your expiration date because it’s a health risk.
Here’s Kris Jenner’s interview where she discusses her boobs:
Breast implants are medical devices that are implanted under the breast tissue or under the chest muscle to increase breast size (augmentation) or to rebuild breast tissue after mastectomy or other damage to the breast (reconstruction). They are also used in revision surgeries, which correct or improve the result of an original surgery.
There are two types of breast implants approved for sale in the United States: saline-filled and silicone gel-filled. Both types have a silicone outer shell. They vary in size, shell thickness, and shape (contour).
No. Although there is not a specific expiration date on breast implants, they are not lifetime devices. The longer you have breast implants, the more likely it is that complications will occur, which is why Kris Jenner recommends you have them removed.
Some of the complications and adverse outcomes of a boob job include:
According to the FDA, as many as 20 percent of women who have a boob job need their implants removed within 8 to 10 years.
If you have silicone gel-filled breast implants, the FDA recommends periodic MRI examinations in order to detect ruptures that do not cause symptoms (“silent ruptures”). For early detection of silent rupture, the FDA recommends that women with silicone gel-filled breast implants receive MRI screenings 3 years after they receive a new implant and every 2 years after that.
It is interesting to know that the FDA has not detected any association between silicone gel-filled breast implants and connective tissue disease, breast cancer, or reproductive problems. In order to rule out these and other rare complications, studies would need to be larger and longer than these conducted so far.