Using an ultrasound procedure to scan your breast implants is a great way to keep you informed about your health. Here, we’ll look at exactly what an ultrasound is used to check for, and how regularly you should book in scans after your breast augmentation procedure.
Using ultrasound to check breast implants
Ultrasound is a highly accurate tool that our radiologists specialise in. We’ve chosen to focus on this method of scanning as it provides immediate results and methods can be adapted to investigate potential problems in more detail.
What an ultrasound can check for
Using an ultrasound scan, sometimes called a sonogram, uses high-frequency sound waves to generate an image of the inside of your breast. This procedure is used to check for signs of:
- Breast implant rupture/ leakage
- Breast implant disease including BIA-ALCL
- Abnormalities in both breasts
- Abnormalities in armpits/axilla
- Lumps and masses including cysts and tumours
The sooner you know
What’s more, the ultrasound scan procedure is quick and effective, and can help you detect a potential issue. The sooner we can find an issue, the sooner we can assist you to remedy it. Ultrasound is also an excellent way to identify capsular contracture which can lead to complications with your implant, let you know if your implants need replacing, and more.
How often should I get an ultrasound for my breast implants?
The FDA recommends that you have your silicone breast implants checked using an ultrasound scan five years after your operation, and every two years thereafter. This is because at any time a silent rupture may occur, leading to leakage and unwanted change in shape of your breast implants. Other symptoms of a leakage can include increased size, swelling, firmness, and pain. Sometimes a breast implant rupture can remain symptomless, so be sure to keep up to date with your health.
We offer a variety of scans including ultrasounds, 3D Mammogram, clinical photographic archiving, and IH immune profiles. All these are backed by surgical assessments from experienced industry professionals. You can be sure you’re in safe hands with Implant Health’s founders consisting of some of the UK’s leading plastic surgeons.
Worried about your breast implants?
If you’re worried about your implants, we can help.
The benefits of breast implant checks include the early detection of implant-related problems and the ability to monitor how your breast and implant change over time.