If you have breast implants or are considering the surgery, you may have concerns as to whether or not your implants will affect a future mammography screening. This is a common concern, and the truth is both types of implants, silicone and saline, can affect screenings. The good news is radiology technicians are trained to use special imaging techniques and make adjustments to ensure they get a correct and comprehensive view of augmented breast tissue.
Breast AugmentationStaying well-informed is important as you consider any cosmetic surgery. Here are a few things to think about, whether you have implants or interested in having augmentation surgery in the future:
First and importantly, do your research before you schedule your mammogram. Make sure that the mammography facility has experience imaging women with implants.
You may not be aware of this, but the placement of your implants is an important factor when it comes to mammography. Here’s why: Implants placed below the pectoral muscle are less likely to interfere with a clear view of breast tissue than implants placed above the muscle. The location of your implants is information to be shared with the technician.
When you schedule your appointment, tell the facility about your implants. When you arrive at your appointment, remind the technician There are important details about your implants, such as the type, placement, size, and shape, that should also be shared. If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, discuss with your surgeon the possibility of getting a base-line mammogram prior to the procedure.
Last but not least, conduct monthly breast self-exams. Any changes to your breasts that you notice during your self-exam should be reported to your doctor, immediately. Having breast implants means committing to being especially proactive about your breast health.
As important as these considerations are, any concerns you may have about mammography screening shouldn’t deter you from pursuing cosmetic breast enhancement.
Call to schedule a consultation appointment if you have questions about your existing implants or are considering breast augmentation surgery. We are here to help you with all of your cosmetic and plastic surgery concerns: (828) 526-3783 or toll free (877) 526-3784.