Dr. Lebovic explains if breast augmentation is dangerous and if it increases a woman's risk for breast cancer.
Breast augmentation is a very popular surgery that women have in United States and that is not because everyone wants to look like a model, but many women just feel unbalanced and so it can be done safely if it is done by someone who keeps in mind a woman’s breast health. So, in another words, we want to put the implant underneath the muscles so that it is not going to affect a woman’s /ability to have mammograms later in life. That is a very important point. So, if a woman is going to have augmentation, the implant needs to be placed behind the muscle. It is then not in contact with the breast tissue itself and it is much-much safer, but augmentation these days is truly a safe operation and over 200,000 women a year in United States have augmentation done.
About Dr. Gail Lebovic, M.D., M.A., F.A.C.S.:
Dr. Gail Lebovic is the President of the American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD). She earned a B.A. in physiology and anatomy and a master's in endocrinology from University of California, Berkeley. In 1986, she received her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine. After an internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, she performed her surgical residency at Stanford University Medical Center and completed two fellowships – one in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast and another at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Lebovic is certified by the American Board of Surgery and her areas of special medical interest include diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, and management of congenital breast deformities. She has also invented several medical devices and co-founded a number of companies in the area of women's health including Biolucent, Inc., makers of the MammoPad™ breast cushion designed to make mammography more comfortable.