How to Perform Breast Self-Exams After Breast Augmentation

Maryland Plastic Surgeon serving Washington DC, & Virginia including Alexandria and Fairfax.


A model simulates a breast self-examBreast self-exams are an important practice in every woman’s monthly health routine. Women who have undergone breast augmentation surgery in Maryland often wonder how breast implants will impact their breast exams.

Following your breast augmentation procedure and subsequent healing, ask Dr. Michael Chiaramonte to help you identify the edges of your implants. Once you have identified your implants’ perimeter, press firmly around their edges and identify your rib cage. Finally, move your fingers along the circumference of your implants to check for lumps and other abnormalities. Then at home, perform your standard breast self-examination:

  1. Stand in front of a mirror with your shirt and bra removed.
  2. Inspect your breasts visually for any abnormalities such as skin rippling, lumps, scaling or nipple discharge.
  3. Continue to visually search for breast changes by locking your hands behind your head and pressing your chest forward toward the mirror.
  4. Rest your hands on your hips and continue to inspect your breasts for visible signs of irregularity.
  5. Place one hand behind your head while using your other hand to physically inspect your breasts. Press firmly into the area between your armpit and the center of your chest, then continue to move your fingers in small circles from your armpit to all areas around your breast until reaching your nipple.
  6. Repeat the previous step (step 5) on your other breast.
  7. Lightly squeeze both nipples and look for any discharge (unrelated to breastfeeding).
  8. Finally, lie on your back and repeat steps 5 and 6.

If you’ve just completed, or are considering getting, breast augmentation in Maryland, ask Dr. Chiaramonte how to maintain your breast self-exam routine. Contact Bella Cosmetic Surgery by calling (301) 567-6767 or by completing the form on this page today to schedule your consultation. Dr. Chiaramonte serves patients from Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.