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2 Small Lumps Below Each Nipple, Saline Implant Valve?

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?

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Implant Valves Palpable after Breast Augmentation

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   Implant Valves can be palpable after Breast Augmentation, and your plastic surgeon could fairly readily determine if this is the case.

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Implant Valves Palpable?

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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.

 Best wishes.

Web reference: http://www.poustiplasticsurgery.com/Procedures/Procedure_breastAugmentation.htm

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Many factors in evaluating breast lumps after implants

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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.

Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Small lumps in breasts

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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.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Palpable masses

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It is difficult to assess what is going on without a physical exam.  What you are feeling could be your implant.  However, just to be safe, I would proceed with breast imaging to make sure they are not breast tissue masses.   Play it safe.

Best wishes,

Dr. Basu

Houston, TX

Web reference: http://www.basuplasticsurgery.com

Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 101 reviews

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