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Hard Lump Discovered with Mentor Silicone Breast Implants

By September 19, 2010 - 8:27am
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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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Get the lump checked out.Biopsy and ultrasound.
Get a MRI make sure your implant isn't leaking and to check the lump as well.

Get your implants taken out right away. They will cause you more problems down the road.
Google search DR. Brawer, Pierre Blais, and silicone breast implant problems.
My wife is dealing with this and she is getting the lumps removed along with her implants

October 25, 2013 - 10:16am
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Anon and Joy - A lump in the breast after implantation can be many things, ranging from a water bubble, to fat necrosis to breast cancer. It is imperative to have the mass checked out and to determine exactly what has caused it. The first step would be the surgeon who did the implants. If you are not satisfied with the information that you get then by all means get a second opinion. While most breast cysts are benign, it's important to be absolutely sure you are getting appropriate follow up care. Let us know what you do, and what you learn, as it could help other women in the future.
Take care,

October 5, 2010 - 5:49pm
EmpowHER Guest

I am having same problem with my implantes( nearly almond-side, located just under the tip of the breast close to the nimple)...But my Dr, says is fine(after seen the picture os my mammogram).
I am not happy!becauseI didn't know WILL OKAY HAVE ONE BREAST WITH A LUMP and Hard AND the other one normal.
He also say I don't have to fix,will be okay!!!!
Just Wonder WHY he don't wanted to fix that?Why I had to be with one breast with this hard FEELING?
(Physician name removed by EmpowHER Moderator.)

September 19, 2010 - 12:50pm
(reply to Anonymous)

I am experiencing the same lump right above my nipple about the size of a quarter. I have not set up an appointment with him yet but am looking to obtain more information first. It has just recently appeared and my surgery was done 15 months ago. Did he tell you what might have caused it?

(Physician name removed by EmpowHER Moderator.)

October 5, 2010 - 7:56am
(reply to Anonymous)

Can you tell us more about what the doctor said?

He said it is not problematic, assuming it is not pre-cancerous. That is good news!

What did your doctor say was the cause of the lump? If he did not provide any information, please call the doctor's office back and speak with him or a nurse about what the diagnosis is; what type of lump, and what is the next step? Is he wanting to do what is called "watchful waiting" to make sure the lump does not grow? If not, what is the lump from (fluid, scar tissue, something else)?

Find out more information, and let us know!

September 19, 2010 - 5:54pm
EmpowHER Guest

Hi Flower Chick,

When you had your implants done, did you have your regular breasts removed (as in preventative measures for possibility of breast cancer)? Or were they mainly done for cosmetic purposes?

In any rate, you should go and see your physician about your lump, whether it may be something to do with your implants or possibility of a lump. Anytime there is any concern for possible hereditary breast carcinoma, you should certainly have any abnormality checked. Have you ever considered the genetic testing that can be performed?

I am also a likely candidate for breast cancer and I have been receiving mammograms since I was 30 years old. I now get them every 3 years until age 40, then it will be every years since my risk appears to be high. Early detection is very important and seeing your physician immediately is important. Can you please make an appointment and keep us updated?

September 19, 2010 - 8:48am
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