A Mammogram Doesn’t Always Detect a Rupture
A few weeks ago I had a 54-year-old female come into my office due to her left breast losing volume. During the consultation, she stated she had recently had a mammogram screening and that the report showed the saline implants were intact. The two pre-op photos to the left clearly show that deflation of the left implant had occurred. After listening to her and setting the expectation, we agreed to schedule surgery to remove both nine-year-old implants and replace with 460 cc saline implants.
The video below shows part of the surgery where I am removing the left implant. As you can see, I am accessing the left implant from the periareolar incisions which I made at the lower portion of the areola. As I entered the capsule and began to remove the implant, I notice a lot of fluid surrounding the implant, and right away I know this is a rupture and that the mammogram reading was incorrect. Mammograms are very helpful in detecting cancer but often not ruptures.