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Breast cancer is second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of death in American women. However, when it is caught early through a routine mammogram, your life can be saved. Annual mammograms are recommended for women 40+ years old, but if you have breast implants, it is recommended that you begin annual mammograms once you turn 35.
Breast implants do make the mammogram process more complicated, but as long as you seek out a radiologist who is experienced in reading the mammograms of breast augmentation patients, you can ensure a successful screening. In fact, many people with breast implants actually find it easier to feel lumps against the smooth, rounded surface of a breast implant.
How Implants Affect Mammograms
Breast implants can affect the mammogram process in a number of different ways. The scar tissue capsule that naturally forms around your breast implants sometimes receive calcium deposits, which can make interpreting your results more complex. Your radiologist will need to take additional shots showing different views of your breasts to be sure nothing is missed.
Implant rupture is also a slight risk during a mammogram, but it is much rarer with new implants, which are usually tested during the manufacturing process to ensure they are capable of withstanding great force. Old or weakened implants involve more risk of rupture. However, certain mammogram techniques can be used to limit the risk of rupture, and when you weigh this risk against the risk of letting breast cancer go undetected, the choice is obvious: undergoing regular mammograms is much more important.
Tips for a Successful Mammogram
In order to ensure your mammogram results are as accurate as possible:
- Find the right facility – Search for a clinic with radiologists who know how to properly screen women with breast implants.
- Always mention your implants – Make sure you mention that you have breast implants when you are scheduling your appointment with a facility, and remind the staff just before your appointment as well. This way, the facility’s staff and radiologist are prepared for the extra steps and techniques that may be necessary.
Dr. Lefkovits can refer you to a trusted radiologist with experience in screening breast implant patients.
If you have more questions about breast implants and mammograms, please contact Park Plaza Plastic Surgery today or call (212) 401-4550 to schedule your consultation with New York City board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits.
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