Actress Melissa Gilbert, 50, better known for her role as Laura Ingalls in the 1970’s TV series Little House on the Prairie, has made the recent decision to have her breast implants surgically removed. As Gilbert stated in her blog and several public interviews, she reached the decision after health concerns along with the realization of her own self-image. There is also the FDA recommendation that comes with all implants: that they should be changed or removed after a minimum period of 10 years.
Gilbert discusses several plastic surgeries that she had over the years. Being a child star in Hollywood and a young actress from the age of 10 on Little House on the Prairie, she felt pressured to be perfect. This included plastic surgery on her nose, her initial breast augmentation which consisted of saline implants, and a removal/replacement with silicone implants in 2004.
The FDA has 5 basic guidelines to follow when it comes to breast implants:
1. Breast implants are not lifetime devices.
2. Research products.
3. Communicate with the surgeon.
4. Learn about long-term risks.
5. Monitoring is crucial.
Gretchn Burns is a Nurse Consultant at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) of the FDA. Burns states that, “The life of these devices varies according to the individual, [and] all women with implants will face additional surgeries—no one can tell them when.” The recommendation is that women take into consideration that the devices, whether saline or silicone, aren’t kept unchecked for a period of 20-30 years. More information can be located on the FDA.gov website.
MyBosom.com applauds Melissa Gilbert for bravery on her decision, and also for leading by example to the public which contributes to raising health awareness on breast implants that they aren’t lifetime devices.