Is It Safe To Have Breast Augmentation with Atypical Lobular Hyperplasia of Breast?

I have a friend with Atypical lobular hyperplasia of breast and she is going in for a lift and implants...Is this safe?

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Lobular hyperplasia with atypia

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It sounds like your friend should consult with general surgeon to determine if she has a precancerous condition.  There are other factors to consider as well, especially if there is a family history of breast cancer.  The info you are giving though is second hand so it is impossible to give good advice in this situation.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Is It Safe To Have Breast Augmentation with Atypical Lobular Hyperplasia of Breast?

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Having breast implants and or a lift will not change the possibility of developing a breast cancer. Your friend will be at some increased risk of developing either a carcinoma-in-situ (non-invasive) or and invasive breast cancer. 

The issues will be the possibility of delayed diagnosis. Mammograms are somewhat less effective in patients with breast implants, but if the implants are under the muscle, more modern mammography techniques have constantly improved the imaging quality for patients with implants. 

Every operation follows an evaluation of risks and benefits. It makes sense for the surgeon who diagnoses the hyperplasia have a discussion with your friend. 

All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon

Breast Augmentation and Lift with Atypical Lobular Hyperplasia

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Atypical lobular hyperplasia increases a womens risk of breast cancer. It does not preclude her from having breast augmentation and it would be best to have sub muscular implants. I would however have a thorough discussion with a team of doctors in the breast cancer field first before proceeding. She may need some good baseline imaging before the augmentation.

Richard J. Brown, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Atypical lobular hyperplasia of the breast and breast augmentation

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As plastic surgeons we are extremely concerned about using breast implants in patients who have an increased risk of developing breast cancer.  With the new digital mammograms the ability to visualize the breasts has been improved over the older style mammograms but there is still a chance that all of the breast will not be visualized.  This is one of the inherent risks with breast augmentation surgery.   Most radiologist feel that as long as the breast remains soft they can get an adequate mammogram.  Atypical lobular hyperplasia is not a breast cancer but is considered a pre-malignant condition requiring vigilant breast examination now and in to the future.  An oncologist would be in the best position to understand if a breast augmentation would place your friend at a greater than normal risk for breast cancer 

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Atypical lobulara hyperplasia and breast implants--safe?

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You should tell your friend (if she's willing to listen to advice) that breast implants are placed below the muscle in most cases, especially when breast lift is done, and they never increase nor decrease the risk of breast cancer. This includes those women who start at increased risk because of family history or precancerous biopsy, such as this case.

The question that needs to be addressed is: what happens to your lift plus implants in the event you eventually develop breast cancer? The answer is that all of the surgical and oncologic options remain, though such things as radiation therapy may increase risks of capsular contracture around your implants.

However, having this elective surgery now does not decrease your ability to undergo appropriate surgical and oncologic options should you develop breast cancer. Obtaining a soft, natural result is critical in allowing proper breast examination and mammographic evaluation, but capsular contracture does not increase your cancer risks, and may impact your ability to detect early lumps.

This scenario requires detailed discussion with the ABPS-certified plastic surgeon involved in this case, who likely has the general surgical training prior to plastic and reconstructive surgery training that allows him/her to knowledgeably discuss this specific situation. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Augmentation and Lift with Atypical Lobular Hyperplasia

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Atypical Lobular Hyperplasia (ALH) does not preclude anyone from having breast surgery but there are a few things to consider.

Since ALH increases the risk of breast cancer, your friend needs to have a discussion with her plastic surgeon on how her breasts will be evaluated and monitored for a possible cancer occurrence. They should also have a discussion on the implications of breast implants on future, mammograms, biopsies and breast cancer treatment. She needs to be fully informed and know her options. 

The surgical technique may also be considered. Small under the muscle implants with a minimal lift may be different than large above the muscle implants with an extensive lift when considering future mammograms and biopsies. 

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Atypical Lobular Hyperplasia

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Great question. Atypical lobular hyperplasia is not breast cancer. However it is precancerous and can go on to become lobular carcinoma insitu. Her risk of developing breast cancer is increased by 4 to 5 times the normal population. I strongly suggest she speak with an oncologist before moving forward with surgery. It is important for her to understand her diagnosis and make informed choices.

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