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Caring for Your Breast Implants

At Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, your continued health and well being are as important to us as helping you look great. When you visit us for breast enlargement on Long Island your care doesn’t stop after recovery.

Dr. Romanelli would like to highlight some special considerations for women with breast implants to keep them feeling as great as they look.

Self-exams

Continue to perform monthly breast self-exams just as you did before your procedure. It’s best to perform these exams at the end of your menstrual cycle when any hormonal breast changes have subsided.

After menopause it’s helpful to designate a regular time that is easy for you to remember. Many women perform their regular self-exams on the first day or the last day of the month.

Screenings

Mammograms are an important tool for monitoring breast health, whether or not you have breast implants. While some women are concerned about implants rupturing during the procedure, this is an extremely rare occurrence. Dr. Romanelli advises his patients to have a baseline mammogram before their breast enlargement, and then regular mammograms at recommended intervals afterwards. If you have silicone implants, the FDA recommends an initial MRI after 3 years and then subsequent scans every 2 years afterwards to monitor implant integrity. Because silicone implant rupture is usually not noticeable, an MRI is often the only way to definitively confirm that it has occurred. Regardless of your implant type, make sure that your radiologist knows you have breast implants. Additional views of the breast tissue alone can be taken by first pushing the implant towards the chest wall.

Regular Check-ups

It’s important for your Ob/Gyn or primary care provider to know you have breast implants and to perform a regular exam to monitor their integrity. Your doctor can address any concerns you might have and perform a clinical breast exam as well.

If you would like learn more about breast augmentation and breast implant care, request a free consultation at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery or call our office at (631) 424-3600 .


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