WoW - - - reading these comments will make one stop and think twice about getting implants :-(
I have read about the Sientra implants that you recommend. Will they need MRI's to look for leaks? Does the 20 year warranty require MRI's?
Thank you for all the info!
Hey great question and remember that for every woman with a problem, there's 1000 more who sailed through. Internet bias is real.
So the FDA recommends an MRI 3 years after implantation and then every 2 years to monitor for 'silent rupture'. Sientra implants are 5th generation gels/highly cohesive. Rupture alone doesn't mean much to the shape as the gel is more like jello than jelly, more like a gummy bear in a manner of speaking. Nearly no one is compliant with the FDA recommendations since the MRIs are an expensive out of pocket cost. Annndddd I don't treat an MRI alone. Meaning, and sorry to all my patients who have heard this spiel already, if you otherwise love your implant, and you had an incidental finding or suspicion of rupture(maybe on an MRI for back pain), I would say, no emergency, let's swap them out when you are ready (and of course while they are still under warranty!) Breast implants are the most studied device we put in people's bodies and we cannot find a definitive link between gel and disease. I hope this was helpful. And good luck!
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