Should a mammogram be done before a breast reduction?

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Dr. Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgeon

A mammogram should be performed before the breast reduction surgery. Since the operation can cause scarring and calcifications, unless a new baseline mammogram is obtained shortly after surgery, the changes may later prompt a doctor to recommend a biopsy. A postoperative mammogram that clearly attributes the changes to surgery allows these calcifications to be safely watched over time.

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Dr. Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgeon

For patients over 35 years of age, I believe a screening mammogram is a good idea prior to a breast reduction surgery. Using the wise pattern or anchor scar technique requires several flaps of tissue be transposed and rearranged. Having a preoperative road map may aid the radiologist during evaluation of new versus preexisting masses or lesions.

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Getting a mammogram before a breast reduction is not a requirement, says Kelly Powers, MD, of Alaska Regional Hospital. In this video, learn why this decision is up the discretion of the breast surgeon.

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