If you have had or are contemplating breast augmentation surgery, you may be concerned about how breast implants may affect a mammography screening. This is a common concern. Both silicone and saline implants can affect mammograms, but radiology technicians can and do use techniques and make adjustments to ensure they get the most correct and comprehensive view of augmented breast tissue.
Because knowledge is power, here are five things to keep in mind when considering implant surgery or when scheduling a mammogram:
- Conduct a bit of research. Ensure that your mammography facility has experience imaging women with saline and silicone implants.
- The placement of your implants 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. This is important information to share with the technician.
- 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, such as the type, placement, size, and shape of your
- Conduct monthly 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.
- If you are considering breast implants, it may be a good idea to discuss with your surgeon the possibility of getting a base-line mammogram prior to the procedure.
These are important considerations. However, any concerns you may have about mammography screening shouldn’t deter you from pursuing the cosmetic breast enhancement you desire. The expertise of a board-certified plastic surgeon can make all the difference.
If you have concerns or questions about your existing implants or are considering breast augmentation surgery, call to schedule a consultation appointment, today: (414) 443-0033.