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Learn about Breast Reconstruction with Mentor
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Nothing is more important to Mentor than the health and satisfaction of the patients who choose our breast implants. We’re proud of the long-standing safety of our implants and, in turn, offer one of the best warranty programs in the industry.
The 10-Year GLOW Study
At Mentor, we’re guided by patient safety and science and we work closely with the FDA to continually monitor the performance of our breast implant products.
The MENTOR® Collection of Breast Implants are indicated for breast augmentation - in women who are at least 22 years old for MENTOR® MemoryGel® Breast Implants or MENTOR® MemoryShape® Breast Implants, and at least 18 years old for MENTOR® Saline Breast Implants, and breast reconstruction.
Breast implant surgery should not be performed in women:
- With active infection anywhere in their body
- With existing cancer or pre-cancer of their breast who have not received adequate treatment for those conditions
- Who are currently pregnant or nursing
Safety and effectiveness have not been established in patients with autoimmune diseases (for example lupus and scleroderma), a weakened immune system, conditions that interfere with wound healing and blood clotting, or reduced blood supply to breast tissue. Patients with a diagnosis of depression, or other mental health disorders, should wait until resolution or stabilization of these conditions prior to undergoing breast implantation surgery.
There are risks associated with breast implant surgery. You should be aware that breast implants are not lifetime devices and breast implantation may not be a one-time surgery. You may need additional unplanned surgeries on your breasts because of complications or unacceptable cosmetic outcomes. Many of the changes to your breast following implantation are irreversible (cannot be undone) and breast implants may affect your ability to breastfeed, either by reducing or eliminating milk production.
Breast implants are not lifetime devices and breast implantation may not be a one-time surgery. The most common complications for breast augmentation with MemoryGel® Implants include any reoperation, capsular contracture, nipple sensation changes, and implant removal with or without replacement. The most common complications with MemoryShape® Implants for breast augmentation include reoperation for any reason, implant removal with or without replacement, and ptosis. A lower risk of complication is rupture. The health consequences of a ruptured silicone gel breast implant have not been fully established. MRI screenings are recommended three years after initial implant surgery and then every two years after to detect silent rupture. The most common complications for breast reconstruction with MENTOR® MemoryGel® Breast Implants include any reoperation, implant removal with or without replacement, and capsular contracture. The most common complications with MENTOR® MemoryShape® Breast Implants for breast reconstruction include reoperation for any reason, implant removal with or without replacement, and capsular contracture. A lower risk of complication is rupture. The health consequences of a ruptured silicone gel breast implant have not been fully established. MRI screenings are recommended three years after initial implant surgery and then every two years after to detect silent rupture. The most common complications for breast reconstruction with MENTOR® Saline-filled Breast Implants include reoperation, implant removal, capsular contracture, breast pain, and implant deflation.
Detailed information regarding the risks and benefits associated with MENTOR® Breast Implants is provided in several educational brochures.
For MemoryGel® Implants: Important Information for Augmentation Patients about MENTOR® MemoryGel® Breast Implants.
For MemoryShape® Implants: Patient Educational Brochure – Breast Augmentation with MENTOR® MemoryShape® Breast Implants and Quick Facts about Breast Augmentation & Reconstruction with MENTOR® MemoryShape® Breast Implants.
For MENTOR® Saline-filled Implants: Saline-Filled Breast Implants: Making an Informed Decision.
These brochures are available from your surgeon or visit www.mentorwwllc.com. It is important that you read and understand these brochures when considering MENTOR® Breast Implants.
ARTOURA® Breast Tissue Expanders and CONTOUR PROFILE® Breast Tissue Expanders can be utilized for breast reconstruction after mastectomy, correction of an underdeveloped breast, scar revision, and tissue defect procedures. The expander is intended for temporary subcutaneous or submuscular implantation and is not intended for use beyond six months.
ARTOURA® Breast Tissue Expanders and CONTOUR PROFILE® Expanders should not be used in patients where an MRI may be needed. The device could be moved by the MRI causing pain or displacement, potentially resulting in a revision surgery. The incidence of extrusion of the expander has been shown to increase when the expander has been placed in injured areas. Detailed information about indications, contraindications, warnings, and precautions associated with the use of ARTOURA® Breast Tissue Expanders and CONTOUR PROFILE® Expanders are provided in the Instructions for Use (IFU) available online at www.mentorwwllc.com