A Word Of Caution

Hundreds of thousands of women pursue breast augmentation surgery every year, but the procedure may have a tendency to instill a false confidence in regard to the possibility of eventually developing cancer. More specifically, the natural tendency for implants to form a hard layer of scar tissue can complicate what would otherwise be an easily detectable lump in the breast, and many women may avoid mammograms after surgery altogether because they are concerned the procedure may rupture the implant.

Obscuring Tendencies

Breast implants can skew a woman’s perception of what would otherwise be an unnatural development in the breast. For instance, one woman, who had recently received breast implants, discovered a pea-sized lump in one of her breasts, but explained it away as a simple development of scar tissue as a result of the surgery. Unfortunately, even though the lump had not led to any symptoms, failing to have the lump examined allowed it to progress to stage three breast cancer. Even though abnormalities might seem like natural results of the healing process after a major operation, it is important to treat every development with scrutiny and caution. Don’t allow yourself to get trapped in thinking that the implants are the cause of any and every abnormality.

How Mammograms Can Be Complicated

Unfortunately, it is true that breast implants can complicate otherwise straightforward mammograms. Most cosmetic surgeons will recommend that women undergo a full mammogram and evaluate their family’s history of cancer before undergoing any breast augmentation procedure. During an enlargement procedure, it is natural for a capsule of scar tissue to form around the breast, which can interfere with the detection of abnormal activity or developments in the area. If this scar tissue becomes hard or asymmetrical, it could be an early indication of breast cancer, so be sure to note any abnormalities as soon as possible.

The Importance Of Mammograms After Surgery

Even though mammograms’ ability to detect cancerous masses in breasts may decrease after an augmentation procedure, it is still necessary to pursue regular mammograms from a medical professional. Self-examinations are also important, even without any medical intervention. Being aware of the contours of your own breasts, especially after getting an implant, increases the chances that you will notice an anomaly in shape or texture, get an early diagnosis, and have better long-term chances with early treatment.

In order to help improve the chances of your mammogram’s detective results, you may consider undergoing the procedure at a clinic with experience in administering the test specifically to women with breast implants. During your mammogram, regardless of where you have it done, you can help increase the likelihood of successful imaging by informing the staff that you have implants and asking whether they have any previous experience administering tests to women with implants.

After undergoing a breast augmentation, it is vitally important to get regular mammograms, and ensure you are being treated by staff members who are familiar with or aware that you have breast implants. Administer self-exams consistently, and treat any kind of abnormal development with serious inquiry and seek a professional medical opinion.