I have 3 unimplanted DT implants that I’ll be keeping around until I find a meaningful use for them. One is a Flex-type in a plastic baggie with chlorhexidine, one is a glass tag in a small plastic sample vial also full of chlorhexidine, one is in an injector in a sealed packaging.
The implants themselves will probably be fine for many years. I’m not so sure about the packaging though: do they fail over time? Does the chlorhexidine evaporate over time?
I kept my doNExT about 2 months in the plastic baggie before having it implanted, and I could swear the chlorhexidine level inside the baggie had dropped to almost nothing: when I got it in the mail, it was sloshing around in the stuff. When I brought it to my piercer on d-day, it was barely wet.
As for the one in the injector, that one concerns me the least. Still, is there something inside that could go bad over time? Like the lubricant or something?
Finally, in the case of the Flex implant, will the biopolymer “dry up” and get brittle the way silicone does over a long period of time if it’s not in contact with something liquid - be it the chlorhexidine that has vanished from the baggie, or my meat?
Of course, that’s only if I store them long-term. I’m sure I’ll find a use for them before too long, but maybe not - and if chlorhexidine is as volatile as I suspect, I might have to hurry up.