A self breast exam is an important part of taking care of your body in the fight against breast cancer.
If you’re reading this before your breast augmentation I’d advise you to get to know your girls.
To get the best from a self breast exam you need to know what’s normal for you.
When you know what's normal for you, you’ll know what's not normal and you can seek the advice and support from a medical professional at the earliest opportunity.
Self Breast Exam After a Breast Aug
You may be asking if you can still do a breast exam after you’ve got your breast implants.
Of course you can!
Breast implants can cause you to have additional pictures taken during a mammogram but they have no affect on a self examination.
Breast implants are placed under your breast tissue and that pushes the breast tissue forward, which could make it easier to detect any lumps and bumps in your own breast tissue.
The way you perform a breast exam after a breast augmentation is EXACTLY the same. (check out the BreastCancer.org website for details on the technique)
You should perform a self breast exam monthly.
Ask your surgeon for their input on the best time to re-start your self breast exams after your surgery.
There are some post-BA complications (e.g. capsular contracture) that can cause changes in the look or feel of your breasts. Changes that could be confused with the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, leaving you wondering if something is a complication or a sign of cancer.
Contact your general physician if, upon self examination, you feel anything different or new for you. It's also a good idea to keep your surgeon in the loop so you can be guided to the right professional care.
Breast implants don't stop you from performing an exam so you can stay breast aware by regularly checking in with your breasts. Protect your investment, but more importantly protect your health.