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20 April 2011

When breast implants age

For women with breast implants, one thing remains certain: At some point, they will need to be replaced or removed.

For women with breast implants, one thing remains certain: At some point, they will need to be replaced or removed.

Sonia Fuentes, 77, of Potomac, Md, a retired attorney and co-founder of the National Organisation for Women, encountered that conundrum last year when she suspected problems with the silicone-gel implant she had received 15 years earlier after a mastectomy. She thought it had hardened and became smaller and feared it was leaking.

  • Get a mammogram to see if the implant has ruptured, one doctor suggested.
  • Don't get a mammogram, a women's Web site warned, as the compression could cause the implant to break.
  • Have an MRI, the FDA urged on its site, noting that that's the best way to detect a rupture.
  • An MRI wasn't necessary, another doctor told her.

 
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