Are you contemplating breast augmentation surgery? Do you currently have implants? Are you concerned about whether your implants will affect a mammography screening? Rest assured you are not alone. Both Silicone and Saline implants can affect mammography screenings. The good news is most radiology technicians are trained to use special imaging techniques and make adjustments to ensure they get the best, most comprehensive view of augmented breast tissue.
Arm yourself with good information – you can’t have too much of it. Consider the following:
- Research. Research. Make sure that your mammography facility has experience imaging women with saline and silicone implants.
- 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. This is information to share with the technician.
- Be sure to inform the imaging facility when you schedule your appointment and remind the technician about your implants when you arrive, especially any important details about them – the type, placement, size, and shape.
- If you are considering implants, discuss with your surgeon the possibility of getting a base-line mammogram prior to the procedure.
- 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.
Any concern you may have about future mammography screenings should not deter you from pursuing cosmetic breast enhancement. The expertise of a board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Price, can make all the difference.
If you have questions about your existing implants or are considering augmentation surgery, call to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Price, today: (203) 453-6635.