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Could my breast implant rupture during a mammogram?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

A patient's breast implant may rupture during a mammogram. It is vital that you insist on the special Ecclund technique of cone compression mammography. Instruct your doctor and technician that you have implants and they will accommodate your needs. Implants may rupture from the pressure of the compressive device. If you have silicone gel implants, than it is imperative that you have MRIs every 3 years to determine the integrity of the shell. 

Compressing or moving a breast implant can cause problems, including rupture of the implant. Implant rupture from mammography is extremely rare. The risk is slightly higher for older or weakened implants.

Sometimes, the mammogram will show that you already have a ruptured implant that you and your doctor did not notice. Mammography is one of the tools often used to help determine if there is a rupture.

The risk of breast cancer is far greater than the risk of your implant rupturing.

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