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When I see new patients considering Louisville KY Breast Augmentation, a frequent concern is them breaking from a mammogram.

Mammograms are not going to break an implant. These implants are tough. They are not intended to be placed and then for you to go stand in the corner and look nice. They are good, durable products.

My two sons, ages 10 & 13, use my sample implants and sling them at each other when I drag them to the office on weekends. (Implant wars are much more fun than waiting for me and acting right!) They can throw pretty hard and the implants more often than not smack up against the wall. They never break. This is an odd example with my point being go get the mammogram.

The potential risk of injury to your implant is far outweighed by the benefits of the mammogram.

Lee Corbett, MD

All posts on this blog are presented by Louisville, KY breast implant surgeon, Dr. Lee Corbett.

I am always surprised when I see a new patient for a Lousiville Breast Augmentation and they ask me if implants, especially silicone implants cause cancer.

The answer is a resounding NO! Why in the world would we ever implant a medical device into a person knowing it causes cancer. That would be wrong on every level there is.

Breast implants, saline or silicone, have no relationship to breast cancer. In fact, a large percentage of women with breast cancer have these same implants placed to reconstruct their breast. Furthermore, when we look at large groups of women with implants in, some studies indicate that they tend to get breast cancer at a lower rate than women without implants.

So, if someone told you you would get cancer because you have implants placed it’s just not true.

Lee Corbett, MD

All posts on this blog are presented by Dr. Lee Corbett, a Louisville Kentucky Breast Augmentation specialist.

Breast Reconstruction with Implants is one the primary options in 2009.

The process usually takes at least 2 if not 3 steps to complete over a 6 to 12 month time period. At the first surgery, which usually takes place at the time of the mastectomy, a tissue expander is placed. An expander is a special implant type that has a built in fill port that allows for filling with a needle and a syringe. After surgery, usually starting at about a month out, we access the expander and add saline to it. We do this each week until the volume in the affected breast is similar to the unaffected side. When we reach this point it is time for an exchange.

At the exchange operation we remove the expander, make necessary adjustments to the implant pocket, and place a permanent implant. At this point, if you choose, we can quit. Often times though a third surgery is chosen so we can adjust the unaffected breast for better symmetry and to re-create a nipple on the affected side.

Lee Corbett, MD