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Is a Mammogram Safe After Breast Lift?

The mamogram machine squeezes SO hard, will it ruin a breast lift? Or a lift with Implant ?

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Is Mammogram safe after Breast Augmentation


Mammogram is necessary for breast cancer screening after age of 40.  Women with breast implants should follow the same American Cancer Society (ACS) program of recommended mammograms as women without breast implants. However, due to the implant, several special mammography views must be taken to allow visualization of both the breast tissue and the implant.

The x-rays used for mammographic imaging of the breasts cannot penetrate silicone or saline implants well enough to image the overlying or underlying breast tissue. Therefore, some breast tissue (up to 25%) may not be seen on the mammogram, as it will be covered up by the implant. In order to visualize as much breast tissue as possible, women with implants undergo four additional views as well as the four standard images taken during diagnostic mammography. In these additional x-ray pictures, called Eklund views or implant displacement (ID) views, the implant is pushed back against the chest wall and the breast is pulled forward over it. This allows better imaging of the forward most part of each breast. The implant displacement views are not as successful in women who have capsular contractures (formation of hard scar tissue around the implants). The ID views are easiest to obtain in a women whose implants are placed underneath the chest muscle (sub-pectoral).


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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Mammograms OK after Breast Lift/Breast Augmentation

Mammograms are important and  there is no change in recommendations following a Breast lift with or without a breast augmentation with implants.
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Mammogram following breast surgery


Mammography can still be performed with breast implants in place. Mammography technicians are trained to use specialized techniques for women with breast implants that help to image the breast tissue around the curved surface of the implants. Be sure to let the mammography provider know that you have breast implants when you schedule your mammogram.

It is not possible to obtain a mammogram by imaging through the implants, only around them. Breast implants therefore potentially do reduce a radiologist's ability to visualize breast tissue completely. This is more of a concern with implants placed immediately behind the breast ('sub-mammary', aka 'sub-glandular' position), so for that reason the sub-pectoral position is strongly preferred.

There is no conclusive evidence which shows that women with breast implants are diagnosed with breast cancer at a later stage than women without implants - which one would expect if breast implants actually delayed the detection of breast cancer. Likewise, women with breast implants do not appear to have a higher mortality rate from breast cancer compared to women without breast implants. Breast implants do not obscure or interfere with patient self-examination or physician breast examination, which are at least as important as (if not more important than) mammography for breast cancer screening.

Mammography is currently the recommended mass screening test for breast cancer, but it has significant limitations due to a high number of false positives (which leads to biopsies when no cancer is actually present) and false negatives (which means a cancer is missed when it is present). The most sensitive and specific radiologic test for breast cancer is a contrast-enhanced MRI scan, which refers to an MRI that is enhanced by the administration of an intravenous 'contrast' agent. The contrast agent helps to 'light up' a breast cancer on the MRI scan when one is present. Breast implants do not interfere with breast MRI scanning in any way.

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Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Mammograms are a must even after breast surgery


Having breast lifts with or without implants doesn't mean that you need to drop off regular breast cancer screening exams.  These studies, while potentially uncomfortable, will not hurt the results and many special techniques have been defevoped especially for those with implants.  Lifts alone need no special considerations.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Mammogram Safe after Breast List?


Thank you for the question.

Mammograms are safe and essential for screening purposes. Please do not avoid them because you have had breast surgery. Mammography centers have special “displacement techniques” that allow for more visualization of breast tissue despite the presence of breast implants.

Best wishes.

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San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Will a mammogram ruin a breast lift or augmentation/lift


Mammorgrams are important tests to screen for breast cancer, and you should not avoid them for fear of ruining your surgical result.  Mammograms will have no effect on your breast lift after the incisions are strong at 6 weeks post-op, though we usually advise waiting a few months (perhaps 6) for any scar tissue in the breast to mature and stabalize.  It would be very, very unlikely that a mammogram would rupture an implant...they are very strong and difficult to rupture by force...eventual rupture over many years usually is the result of years of wear and tear, not due to trauma.

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Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Are mammograms safe after breast lift or augmentation


Not only are mammograms safe after cosmetic breast surgery(lift or aug or both) they are needed to provide long term surveillance for breast cancer in all women of all ages.  It is best to get a mammogram within several weeks or a few  months before  your surgery so that the next  routine annual study will be required several months after the surgery has healed.

Short Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Mammogram safe after breast lift?


Yes, mammograms are safe after breast lifts.  One should not forgo mammograms for any reason including previous breast surgery.

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Albany Plastic Surgeon
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Mammography and Breast Enhancement Surgery


Mammography is not only safe after breast enhancement surgery like breast augmentation, breast lifts and even breast reduction, it is recommended. Mammography is still one of the best tools available for the early detection of breast cancer. Most importantly, early detection means enhanced survival, usually with less intervention. Until a better test comes along, we are stuck with the squish test. Below is a link with more information from my San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog.

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Walnut Creek Plastic Surgeon
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Mammograms are safe and essential after breast implants or lift


A mammogram will not damage your result after a breast lift, or a breast augmentation, and your should not forgo important breast screening because of your implants. With implants the typical compression views are often not possible, and your should let the mammographer know about your implants so that the appropriate additional views are done to see around the shadow cast by the implant so you have a full evaluation. Every Center should have a protocol.

Best of luck,


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Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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