A breast implant is a prosthesis used to change the size, shape, and contour of a person's breast. In reconstructive plastic surgerybreast implants can be placed to restore a natural looking breast mound for post— mastectomy breast reconstruction patients or to correct congenital defects and deformities of the chest wall. They are also used cosmetically to enhance or enlarge the appearance of the breast through breast augmentation surgery.
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Breast implants have been linked to a rare form of cancer called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL, but for years, women have been reporting that their breast implants also cause nebulous health issues like nausea, fatigue, and pain. Some doctors and patients believe there is a condition called "breast implant illness" that's characterized by the aforementioned symptoms. While there are no tests to diagnose this illness — and plenty of doctors say it's not real — women have testified in front of the Food and Drug Administration, sharing stories about how their symptoms disappeared after getting implants removed.
The number of women with breast implants is increasing. Radiologists must be familiar with the normal and abnormal findings of common implants. Implant rupture is a well-known complication after surgery and is the main cause of implant removal.
Wonder about the differences between saline and silicone breast implants? The risks of breast implants? What happens if an implant ruptures?
Before the days of saline and silicone, doctors would try inserting pretty much anything. Experts estimate that breast enlargement is currently the second-most popular cosmetic surgery operation around the world, with approximately four percent of women in America endowed with breast implants. Who was the first person to suggest surgically altering the female breast?
The number of women undergoing breast implant procedures is increasing exponentially. It is, therefore, imperative for a radiologist to be familiar with the normal and abnormal imaging appearances of common breast implants. Diagnostic imaging studies such as mammography, ultrasonography, and magnetic resonance imaging are used to evaluate implant integrity, detect abnormalities of the implant and its surrounding capsule, and detect breast conditions unrelated to implants. Magnetic resonance imaging of silicone breast implants, with its high sensitivity and specificity for detecting implant rupture, is the most reliable modality to asses implant integrity.
Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure that restores shape to your breast after mastectomy — surgery that removes your breast to treat or prevent breast cancer. One type of breast reconstruction uses breast implants — silicone devices filled with silicone gel or salt water saline — to reshape your breasts. Breast reconstruction with breast implants is a complex procedure performed by a plastic surgeon.
This website is not intended to be photographic representation of all breast implant complications. You should refer to our breast implant consumer handbookfor a description of potential breast implant complications. For the items included below, we have first defined that complication and then provided an example of a specific case.