|Breast Augmentation and Mammograms
Women who undergo a breast augmentation procedure normally receive prior approval by the physician performing the surgery. Patients are examined in order to determine whether their mental and physical state meet specific expectations outlined by the surgeon. Those in relatively healthy condition are ideal.
Following the breast augmentation procedure at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, the mental state of patients, which includes personal happiness and self-perception, generally improves considerably. Patients are monitored and evaluated once again by their physicians. Performed on a routine basis, this is to ensure their health, breast implants, and other physiological changes resulting from the procedure are deemed satisfactory.
Though research has shown that there is absolutely no relationship between breast cancer and breast augmentation, routine checkups should include screening with the completion of a mammogram. Mammograms are particularly important for women as they age, as the risk of developing breast cancer increases. Consequently, all healthy women aged 40 years old and over, whether they have or do not have breast implants, should schedule a mammogram at a frequency of every one to two years. Needless to say, women who have a history of breast cancer in their family should schedule mammograms earlier.
It is vital that the presence of breast implants following breast augmentation at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic is made known to all relevant parties at the clinic or facility prior to the mammogram. Doing so will ensure an accurate and thorough examination. Often, an experienced technician knowledgeable in dealing with breast implants will be appointed. They will take the implant into consideration during the procedure and reposition the breast tissue, using special techniques called an “implantation displacement view” to facilitate a full x-ray. More views are usually required. The implant may be squeezed, but not to the point of serious discomfort. Properly done, the risk of breakage or reshaping of the implant is very minimal.
Mammograms performed on women with breast augmentation may experience a longer x-ray time. The specialist reading its results may also require more time.
Self-Examination After Breast Augmentation
Even after breast augmentation, completing monthly self-examinations at home is recommended. In fact, because the pressure of the implant creates a smooth surface on the breast, women with breast implants generally find irregularities more easily than women without.