One of the most common concerns with silicone breast implants is the risk of silent rupture. Because these implants tend to hold their shape even in the event of a leak, it can be hard to know if the implants are compromised. To help ease concern of both patients and Dr. Diederich, MidAmerica Plastic Surgery is providing the use of our high-resolution ultrasound device as part of our standard follow up care for all of our silicone breast implant patients. This will begin at the 2 year follow up or any time there is cause for concern of rupture.
The official FDA recommendation for monitoring silicone breast implants is to begin screening by use of Ultrasound or MRI 5-6 years after implantation and then every 2-3 years after that. If the patient is showing symptoms for rupture or if the Ultrasound is unclear, an MRI is recommended.
We are also offering this service for patients with textured breast implants (silicone and saline) who have chosen to monitor for ALCL instead of replacing the implants. One of the symptoms for ALCL includes fluid buildup around the implant and this ultrasound device is able to detect that as well.
This device is not a diagnostic tool to detect breast cancer or any other pathology in the breast and was developed to monitor breast implants and implant capsules only. This does not replace routine breast screenings.
Call 618-288-7855 to schedule your ultrasound appointment!