Thinking about breast implant surgery? Do you currently have implants? If you answered “yes” to either of those questions, you may also be concerned about whether breast implants will affect a mammography screening. This is a common concern among our patients.
The answer is that both silicone and saline implants can affect mammography screenings. The good news is that today’s radiology technicians are trained to use special techniques and make adjustments to make sure they get a comprehensive view of augmented breast tissue.
It’s true. Arming yourself with information is important in all aspects of your life. And if you are over 40, annual mammograms are a vital component to your health. Read on:
- If you are considering implants, discuss the possibility of getting a base-line mammogram with your surgeon prior to your augmentation procedure.
- Conduct a bit of research before you schedule your mammogram to ensure that your mammography facility has experience imaging women with saline and silicone implants.
- Where your implants are placed is a factor when it comes to mammography. Implants placed below the pectoral muscle are less likely to interfere with a clear view of breast tissue than implants placed above the muscle. If you have implants and know where and how they were placed, share this with the technician.
- When you schedule your mammogram, tell the facility about your implants and remind the technician when you arrive. Include the important details about them, such as the type, placement, size, and shape of your
- Implants or not, conduct monthly breast self-exams. Any changes to your breasts that you notice during your self-exam should be reported to your doctor, immediately. Deciding on breast implants means committing to being especially proactive about your breast health.
Don’t let concerns you may have about mammography screening deter you from pursuing cosmetic breast enhancement. The expertise of a board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Guarnieri, is the key to a positive outcome.
If you are considering implants or have questions or concerns about your existing implants, call to schedule a consultation appointment, today: (757) 345-2275.