MRI needed?

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!

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  • 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!
     

    I would be honored to see you at my office in Raleigh, NC!
    (Bustmob members get a $500 travel voucher ๐Ÿ™‚)

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      Dr. Michelle Roughton Please tell me more about the travel voucher.  I am a school teacher, the cost of having to re-do these makes me cry.  Thank you!

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    • Angie Js Hi! Travel voucher is available for you to use anyway you would like, for your consult fee, for your surgery, or for our revision assurance program.  Is there something you are concerned about specifically?  I see you're from Myrtle Beach--we also offer video consultation if that would be helpful for you.  

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      Dr. Michelle Roughton I have saline implants and I'm pretty sure that one has gone flat.  At least I am still within my 10 year warranty period, so that will help.  I know that they are not necessarily designed to be a lifetime product, but I sure would like for them to last and not need another surgery.  I have an appointment to see you on Aug 12!  Thank you for taking the time to answer questions on this site! 

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    • Angie Js Cool!  No implant I know of is going to last a lifetime and I try and tell patients that although I am not sure I always remember to or that they always hear that part.  I'm thrilled if you get 15 years.  Sorry to be a wet blanket!!

      See you soon!

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