Should You Have Your Breast Implants Removed?
BIA-ALCL is much more likely to develop in women with textured implants than those with smooth-surfaced implants. At our practice, Dr. Passaretti offers only smooth-surfaced implants. Patients with existing breast implants should continue with regular checkups and should not remove their implants as a preventive measure, unless they develop any of the symptoms listed above.
Early Detection of Breast Implants Cancer
Before undergoing any form of breast implant procedure, patients should educate themselves on all the available options with their surgeon. Breast implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, textures, and are sourced from many different providers.
BIA-ALCL is much more likely to develop in women with textured implants than those with smooth-surfaced implants. At our practice, Dr. Passaretti only offers smooth-surfaced implants.
Patients who currently have breast implants should get a routine mammography screening from a technologist specifically trained in performing this procedure on patients with breast implants. In addition, patients with silicone gel-filled breast implants should get periodic MRIs to detect ruptures, with the first MRI occurring three years after implant surgery and every two years afterwards. If you notice any changes in the shape or size of your implants followed by pain and swelling, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately to schedule an appointment.
In cases where a patient develops breast implants cancer, she should remove both the implants and capsule (scar), as well as undergo any necessary chemotherapy and radiation as directed by an oncologist. It is imperative to wait for complete healing before proceeding with additional breast augmentation. Once you have fully healed, Dr. Passaretti can discuss restoring breast volume with fat grafting.
Breast Feeding with Implants
It is possible for most women to breastfeed with implants. However, when you are designing your custom treatment plan, you must take into consideration several factors that can affect the supply of milk.
Position of Implant
The placement and size of your implant can affect the pressure within your breast, interfering with milk flow and reducing milk production. Implants that are smaller and located under the chest muscle are better for breastfeeding. Those placed between the glands and muscles of your breast are more likely to affect flow. If you know you plan to have children before you receive breast augmentation, opting for a submuscular implant can improve your chances of normal milk production. *