Hello, I had my annual gyno appt today and my dr found 2 small lumps below each nipple, they are in the exact same spot on each breast/exactly the same size, feel etc. I have 5 years old saline implants and sense have breastfed and I 'm on the thin side. My dr doesn't have myuch expereince with implants and wants to send me for an ultrasound to be safe. I called my pastic surgeon and she said it sounds like we are feeling the valves to my implants. I am kinda freaking out, is this is common?
2 Small Lumps Below Each Nipple, Saline Implant Valve?
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Implant Valves Palpable after Breast Augmentation
Implant Valves can be palpable after Breast Augmentation, and your plastic surgeon could fairly readily determine if this is the case.
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Breast Implant Valves Palpable?
Yes, depending on the patient's body type and positioning of the breast implants, it is possible to feel the breast implant valves (saline implants).
I think you will be best off visiting with your plastic surgeon, who after direct examination, will be able to confirm your suspicions ( and potentially save you from unnecessary imaging). If any doubt, best to proceed with the imaging studies.
Of course, your physicians are in the best position to advise and/or reassure you.
Many factors in evaluating breast lumps after implants
You don't mention your age, but this is important as well - it sounds like they are the valves because they are in the same place on both sides, but your plastic surgeon should be able to confirm this with a quick exam.
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The small lumps may very well be the saline implant valve. It would be a good idea to see your plastic surgeon as well before doing the "million dollar work-up." If not go ahead with the test to be safe.
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