Mammograms and Cosmetic Breast Surgery

The American Cancer Society (ACS) issued new guidelines today with respect to mammograms for breast cancer screening. The new recommendations, which apply generally to women with an average risk of breast cancer, advise women undergo their first screening mammogram at age 45, continue with yearly mammograms until age 54, and every other year subsequently. However, the ACS also emphasized the need for women to discuss their individual breast cancer risk with their physicians and follow their recommendations. Women who are considering cosmetic breast surgery, including breast augmentation, breast lift with or without implants, and breast reduction surgery, may also be advised by their plastic surgeon to undergo a mammogram prior to surgery. Aesthetic breast surgery may also be performed in some women without any prior radiologic study, be it mammogram, sonogram, or MRI. If you are considering any breast enhancement procedure, make sure to abide by the advice of your plastic surgeon.

Women who have already received breast implants as part of cosmetic breast augmentation do not have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Mammograms are feasible in patients with breast implants and special views allow for visualization of breast tissue which may be partially obscured by breast implants themselves. Breast augmentation patients with silicone gel implants may be followed with MRI exams to aid in detecting implant rupture. Consultation with a plastic surgeon who is experienced in breast augmentation and management of breast implant patients is essential prior to undergoing any cosmetic breast surgery procedure.

Dr. Olivia Hutchinson is a top rated board certified female plastic surgeon in NYC with specialized training in aesthetic plastic surgery of the face, breast, and body. Her office on Manhattan’s Upper East Side is equipped with a fully AAAASF certified Operating Room for the safety, privacy, and convenience of her patients. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Hutchinson, please contact us or call us at (212) 452-1400.

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