(15yrs Post Op) I had a bilateral breast augment (sub-muscular) done 15 years ago. Recently I started to get pain in one breast. It comes and goes, and at times it can be rather uncomfortable. It feels like something is pressing/impinging on my chest wall. My breast looks normal and I don't feel any hardness. My appointment to have it checked isn't for 2 months :(.Is there a diagnostic test (mammogram) you might suggest to rule out other possible problems. Thanks
Is a Mammogram a Good Diagnostic if I Am Having Pain Around my Breast Implant?
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Pain around breast implant
Your pain may be due to a ruptured implant or capsular contracture (scar tissue). However, if you have a saline implant and your breast shape has not changed, you do not have a rupture. If your one breast is as soft as the other, you may not have capsular contracture. Mammogram may be able to detect ruptured silicone implant in app. 85% of times. I doubt that your on/off pain is due to breast cancer; however, if you have not gotten mammogram for the past 1 year, you should get mammogram to screen for breast cancer. Whether you have a ruptured silicone implant or capsular contracture, it is not dangerous to your health. I would wait till you see your plastic surgeon prior to undergoing radiographic studies. Good luck to you.