When thinking about a breast augmentation, one decision to make is whether to get silicone or saline implants. One of the most obvious differences here, and often a deciding factor, is the risk of implant rupture. Saline implants are generally very easy to detect because the implant will deflate and your body will simply absorb the saline. Silicone implants can be a bit trickier to detect. Because silicone holds its shape, you may not immediately notice the rupture. Generally, as long as you pay attention to your body and stay aware of any changes, you should be able to notice when something feels different.
Currently, the most accurate screening method is the use of MRI. The FDA recommends screening three years after your breast augmentation and every two years after that. This can get very expensive for the patient as insurance rarely covers the costs.
However, Dr. Diederich of MidAmerica Plastic Surgery now has another option. He just acquired a new screening tool to allow us to monitor implants in the office! This is an ultrasound tool, specifically designed for cosmetic breast implants, that will allow Dr. Diederich to screen patients so that we can monitor the implants. Although this is a screening method, this will help provide peace of mind to all women with silicone breast implants by evaluating the state of the implant. We currently recommend annual screening with the device or any time there is a concern. This will also allow Dr. Diederich to better prepare before stepping into the operating room if the implant is ruptured and needs to be removed.
MidAmerica Plastic Surgery will be available to set up an appointment for any woman with breast implants who would like to be screened at no cost. Whether you think something might be wrong or just want to get a check up, please call 618-288-7855, option 4 to schedule a time to come in to our office!