Could a Breast Implant Valve Migrate from Under Nipple and Feel Like a Lump?

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Saline implant valve

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There is only a valve on saline implants and this can definitely be palpable in thin patients. It doesn't always stay directly under the nipple.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Palpable lump in breast implant patient

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Yes, in particularly thin individuals, especially with subglandular placement ("over the muscle). However, it is best that you seek medical advice.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Mass VS Saline Breast Implant Valve

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While it is always possible that you MAY be feeling your implant valve if you are very thin withittle breast tissue, in the interest of safety, I would urge you to be examined by a breast professional. Better safe than sorry. Dr. Peter A Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Palpable Breast Implant Valve

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The valve of a saline breast implant with an anteriorly place valve can become palpable and can be confused with a small mass.  I have seen this on 4-5 occasions and is most common in women who have very little breast tissue pre-op and have had their implants placed between the breast and muscle.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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