Shelf Life Expiration Date on Natrelle Breast Implants

Would Natrelle have that information? or do you have to get it from your plastic surgeon. Is it common to use a breast implant that has expired its shelf life?

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Shelf life expiration

The breast implants all  have a given shelf-life and this information should be available to you by the company if you have the serial number of your implants.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implant expiration date

Every patient is provided an implant identification card with a serial number. If you contact Allergan manufacturers of Natrelle, they should be able to provide you with that specific information.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Implant Expiration Date

Yes, the company usually keeps track of the implants and replaces the consignment.  But technically speaking the implants will be in you a lot longer than their shelf life.

Robert N. Young, MD, FACS
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
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Implant 'shelf life"

There are implants of different styles and designs, and "older-generation" implants may not have the same characteristics as new ones. Years ago, implants only listed a manufacture date. Since FDA re-approval of silicone gel implants in November, 2006, implants have both manufacture date and a 5-year "expiration date" mandated by the FDA. Any Natrelle implant is post-Nov, 2006, so these have not yet reached their "expiration date."

Aside from that, any problems you have had with your surgical result is almost certainly NOT an implant-related issue. Saline implants can leak and deflate (replacement is then necessary, and a replacement implant is provided by the manufacturer at no charge subject to certain limitations), and silicone gel implants are now cohesive and cannot "leak."

Capsular contracture, infection, malposition, or incorrect size can require re-operation, but are not due to  implant expiration.

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Shelf Life Expiration Date on Natrelle Breast Implants


1.800.433.8871. With the implant information. Than you can get a sterilization and usage date. From MIAMI Dr. Darryl j. Blinski

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implants should not be used beyond their expiration date

All implants packaged and supplied by the manufacturer will have a serial number which is trackable, and the package will be marked by an expiration date. No medical device or any medication for that matter should be used after the expiration date of the device, which can also be referred to as the 'shelf life'. My bet is that Allergan will have this information on your breast implants, though your surgeon should provide you with a tracking identification card with your implant information from Allergan if these are the implants you are wearing, after your augmentation. If your did not get one, ask for it for your records.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Implant Expiration

It is important that you see a board-certified plastic surgeon and have your surgery performed in a certified facility.  it would be unethical for any facility or surgeon to use any expired medical device.  

Good luck.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Implant shelf life

Allergan, which manufactures Natrelle implants, will not send any surgeon implants which are beyond their expiration date.  If you have any questions, you can either ask the surgeon or call Allergan directly to inquire about the expiration date.  This is not related to the actual amount of time that an implant would last in your body, which in most cases is 7-10 years.  Best wishes, /nsn.

Nina S. Naidu, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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