How often do you recommend a breast MRI for women with silicone implants?
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Breast Implant Revision/Breast Augmentation/Anatomic Gummy Bear Implants/ Silicone Implants/Breast Implant Revision Surgery
I think that is excessive to say the least .Presuming you have modern implants with the safer denser gel then you are dealing with a very strong and reliable device .Your risk of rupture at 10 years is likely to be under 10% and the denser gel tends to be contained by the scar capsule in any event .MRIs are expensive so you have to take this into account as well .Also they are not infallible . I have seen an implant reported to be ruptured on MRI that just had a simple fold in it .
So in short I think 3 years is way too soon and you can afford to defer it well beyond that if it is s modern implant design .
MRI for Silicone Implants
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Here in the United States, the FDA has made similar recommendations for surveillance of silicone breast implants.... First MRI should be done 3 years after implantation and then continued every other year. Personally, i think it's a bit of overkill, particularly in the early years, since I have never seen an implant rupture within the first 7 years of implantation. That said, safety is important and I make sure my patients are aware of the recommendation.
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