“Do breast implants make it harder to detect breast cancer lumps? I have breast cancer in my family and am considering getting breast implants.” – Anonymous Patient
Hello. Not necessarily. You can still have mammograms, ultrasounds, and MRI’s as a method of screening and detection for breast cancer with implants in place. There are some reports that detecting new masses is actually easier because the implant pushes and compresses the breast tissue from below to some degree. Depending on the implant type and location, above or below the muscle, you may need more views on a mammogram but early detection of suspicious lesions in the breast is still very feasible.
Dr. Farzad R. Nahai, a board-certified plastic surgeon, has been in practice in Atlanta since 2004 and specializes in plastic surgery of the face, breast, and body, as well as injectables such as Botox and facial fillers. He is a graduate of Emory University’s School of Medicine.