Breast Implant Screening

Breast implants are fantastic options for women interested in either increasing their breast volume or augmenting the shape. They also offer a means to replace lost volume after breastfeeding or even illness such as cancer. Unfortunately, like any other device, they are not intended to last forever. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that patients with breast implants undergo screening surveillance with MRI starting at 5 years after surgery, then at 2-3 year intervals to follow. This has recently been updated to also include ultrasound screenings. Dr. Cheah received advanced training through The Aesthetic Society in the use of high resolution ultrasound for implant surveillance, or HRUS. This allows Dr. Cheah to take an in-depth look at a patient’s implants including the tissue around it. This can be done routinely at the same screening intervals above or in combination with a surgical consultation.