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Breast Augmentation And Mammography Screenings

Breast Augmentation And Mammography Screenings

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 AugmentationBreast 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.




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How to Avoid Rippling After Having Breast Implants

Although a lot of women all over the world have benefited greatly from breast implants, it has also its own set of possible risks and complications, one of which is rippling. Here at our North Carolina breast enhancement surgery practice, breast implant rippling or wrinkling is one of the most common concerns of women who seek Dr. Buchanan’s expert breast augmentation services.

By and large, rippling (particularly seen on the outer edge of the underarm) is not an unusual occurrence after having either silicone or saline implants. It largely has to do with the following:

  • When the breast implant is too large. This is often referred to as traction rippling and can happen in both saline and silicone implants. When the implant is too large, the connective tissues and skin tend to strained against the large implant which in turn results to the rippling appearance.
  • When the saline breast implant is not filled up enough. This type of rippling is known as full rippling .

Fortunately, you and your plastic surgeon can come up with an individualized breast augmentation plan that will help avoid or minimize rippling. Generally, the following steps can be done:

  • Although rippling can happen in both types of implants, it is more common in saline and/or textured implants. Thus, it may be best to choose smooth and appropriately-sized implants.
  • If you choose to have saline implants, it may be best to put them underneath the muscle as the muscle can help obscure the wrinkling that can occur.
  • Don’t be too skinny and don’t gain too much weight either.

Now that you already know what to do to avoid rippling, get in touch with us to learn more about rippling in parallel to your current body frame and preferences.  We are located at 209 Hospital Drive, Suite 202, Highlands, NC.  Call us at 828-526-3783 or fill out this contact form to schedule an initial consultation. We look forward to your visit!