By Sacha Obaid
As the popularity of breast implants continues to grow, the relationship between breast health and breast implants has become an area of increasing focus and research. While studies consistently demonstrate that breast implants do not increase patients’ risk for breast cancer, they can complicate the mammography process itself.
Wondering how to prepare for a mammogram? To ensure your health and safety, we’ve provided some tips for you to follow!
Make sure your doctor knows.
When it comes to a mammogram, the most important thing patients with breast implants can do is tell their doctor. In fact, you should mention it to everyone involved in the procedure, from the nurse who checks you in to the technologist who performs the mammogram itself. Why? Because breasts containing implants look different on a mammogram, and may require additional, special imaging in order for the breast cancer screening to be effective.
Before it’s time for your mammogram, it’s important to participate fully in your initial medical appointments and ask questions of those involved. Ask about the frequency of screening, the kinds of images that will be taken, and whether additional images will be needed due to your implants. After having a meaningful dialogue with your physician and their staff, you’ll feel more comfortable knowing that your breast screening will be performed correctly and that your doctor has all the information necessary to render a proper diagnosis.
Know your family history.
Women with a history of breast cancer in their families and women who know they are carrying a BRCA gene mutation have a higher risk of developing breast cancer and need to be extra vigilant in the way they prepare for a mammogram. If you are considering getting breast implants, you will want to discuss your family’s medical history in detail with your cosmetic surgeon, as breast cancer screening can be more difficult when implants are present. If you already have implants, again, make sure your doctor and other healthcare professionals are aware of both your cosmetic surgery and other medical history.North Texas Plastic Surgery is here to assist you with all of your cosmetic surgery needs. If you have any additional questions about breast implants and breast augmentation surgery, don’t hesitate to contact us today!