Over the weekend I felt what appears to be a hardness on my left breast, nearly almond-side, located just under the tip of the breast close to the nimple. I had the silicone implants done just over a year ago by a boad certified cosmetic surgeon with several years of experience.
I also had a mammogram before the surgery and results were fine, with exception of breast cysts. The cysts seem to have been minimized in the last year, less tenderrness and less coffee too. This hardness I feel does not relate to the uncomfortable cysts I have had... it really feels noticeably different. It's also something I think has come about recently, as I haven't felt any hardness in the last year. I think my breasts might be handled more roughly by men than other women might experience as well. Men seem to love my 38C/D breasts and they pay considerable attention... so am not sure if this has created a complication of sorts.
My implants are silicone Mentor brand and were implanted under the muscle wall via incision through the fold. I'm also noticing edges of both implantis are extending downward into the breast fold since there appears to be some small bumps.
I've been trying to read up on silicone implants leaks and ruptures, capsular contraction, etc., but I thought I would ask in this forum to see what information I could gather prior to contacting my doctor. My concern really is the hardness.
My mother passed away from breast cancer last year. She was able to manage for about seven years. She had calcifications and I was prone to breast cysts. All of my mammograms have been good, and done with the newest radiology methods available.
does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing? Obviously my conern is a lump that is cancerous, but I suspect this is more of an issue related to the implants, perhaps a "hardening," a "leak," some kind of rupture. Again as I say, i think i've noticed it come on pretty quickly, if anything in the last month or two at the most.
Many thanks for reading my post, and all your comments, suggests, and advice is much appreciated.
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