Kris Jenner's On-Air Breast Augmentation: TMI or PSA?

A. Foley on 26 Sep 2012 at 9:00am


Earlier this month, momager Kris Jenner opened up to the TODAY show about her decision to air her breast augmentation on the family's E! reality series. While many people are not shy about their opinion of Kris Jenner and her openness to air Kardashian dirty laundry over the airwaves, she insists this was not about ratings

"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," Jenner guestimated, and hopefully joked.

Laguna Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Dan Mills shared with us that maintenance is key with implants. It wasn't until the mid 1980s that breast implants were thought of as anything other than "lifetime devices," as they may have originally been marketed. Now, with all the PIP implant ruptures in Europe and other incidents of leaking, there's no question that routine check ups - and often replacements - are sometimes needed for augmentations. However, it needs to be noted that many implants do last a lifetime and there's no need for replacements simply for the sake of replacements, despite Kris Jenner's warning.

"You know, take them out and change them after 10 years," Jenner added. "But it was so important, health-wise, to remind women to check your expiration date because it's a health risk." 

On the contrary, New York plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Wallach puts it simply: "Implants are not like tires where they have to be rotated or replaced after a certain amount of use. Yes, if there is a problem then they should be changed or removed, if not, I would leave them alone."

Either way, Kris seems pretty happy with her new chest


Do you think Kris Jenner's brought network attention to a real safety issue, or was it just more fodder for the gossip mags? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


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