Long-Term Monitoring for Silicone Breast Implants

At St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery, we are excited to offer ultrasound screenings to detect ruptures of silicone gel breast implants. As you may be aware, silicone gel implant rupture can occur without any symptoms; therefore, the FDA recommends regular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans or ultrasound screenings. Although MRI scanning has been the gold standard for imaging implants, it can be extremely expensive and is often not covered by medical insurance. Several studies have documented excellent accuracy for detecting silicone implant rupture with high-resolution ultrasound (HRUS), which can be offered conveniently and at lower cost than MRI scanning.

How often should silicone gel implants be screened?

The FDA recommends a breast implant screening 3 years after surgery and every 2 years afterwards. It’s important to report any unusual signs or symptoms to your doctor right away.

How does implant monitoring work?

Our HRUS silicone breast implant checks are open to anyone interested; you do not need to be a patient of our practice. Our nurse practitioner Carol performs scans in our office under the supervision of our board-certified plastic surgeons. Results are sent out for review by a radiologist and typically available in a few days. There is no obligation to undergo any specific follow-up testing or treatment by having this ultrasound study by our practice.

When will I get my results?

Results are often available within a few days.

Why choose St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery for HRUS silicone implant monitoring?

  • No consultation needed
  • More affordable than MRI
  • Performed by a nurse right in our office
  • Rapid reporting of results
  • Procedure overseen by a board-certified plastic surgeon

How much does breast implant monitoring cost?

At St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery, we are now offering HRUS breast implant scanning at no cost to the first 150 patients whose silicone implants were placed between 2000 and 2015.

How do I get started?

Call our office at (636) 530-6161 for an appointment. We don’t require a consultation and you don’t need to be a patient of our practice. We ask that you bring your breast implant information card to your appointment.

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