26 doctors weighed in:
Can I have breast augmentation before removing a lump in my breast?
26 doctors weighed in

Dr. David Yan
Surgery - Plastics
11 doctors agree
In brief: No
In general, you should have the lump evaluated before proceeding with a breast augmentation.
Breast augmentation is an elective procedure. I think most plastic surgeons would want you to take care of the medically necessary issues before moving on to elective procedures.

In brief: No
In general, you should have the lump evaluated before proceeding with a breast augmentation.
Breast augmentation is an elective procedure. I think most plastic surgeons would want you to take care of the medically necessary issues before moving on to elective procedures.
Dr. David Yan
Dr. David Yan
Thank
Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
8 doctors agree
In brief: No.
If you have a lump in your breast, the first step is to undergo a biopsy to determine if it is benign or malignant.
If it is benign, it does not need to be removed.

In brief: No.
If you have a lump in your breast, the first step is to undergo a biopsy to determine if it is benign or malignant.
If it is benign, it does not need to be removed.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
Thank
Dr. Robert True
Preventive Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: No
Always have suspicious lumps in the breasts evaluated before breast augmentation.
Breast aug can create beautiful breasts, but if a lump is found to be cancerous, this enhancement may need to be reversed.

In brief: No
Always have suspicious lumps in the breasts evaluated before breast augmentation.
Breast aug can create beautiful breasts, but if a lump is found to be cancerous, this enhancement may need to be reversed.
Dr. Robert True
Dr. Robert True
Thank
Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
5 doctors agree
In brief: Needle-biopsy
Most breast lumps are benign.
If you have a breast lump, this can usually be biopsied via non-surgical means to establish the diagnosis. If benign, you may choose to leave it alone or have it removed at the time of breast augmentation.

In brief: Needle-biopsy
Most breast lumps are benign.
If you have a breast lump, this can usually be biopsied via non-surgical means to establish the diagnosis. If benign, you may choose to leave it alone or have it removed at the time of breast augmentation.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
Thank
5 doctors agree
In brief: No.
Most plastic surgeons that i know want any other breast issues ie; abnormal mammogram or mass in the breast resolved before they will agree to breast augmentation.

In brief: No.
Most plastic surgeons that i know want any other breast issues ie; abnormal mammogram or mass in the breast resolved before they will agree to breast augmentation.
Dr. Donna Johnson
Dr. Donna Johnson
Thank
Dr. Archibald Miller
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
You should always have a complete exam and mammogram to ensure breast health.
Find out what the mass is first.

In brief: Yes
You should always have a complete exam and mammogram to ensure breast health.
Find out what the mass is first.
Dr. Archibald Miller
Dr. Archibald Miller
Thank
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: You should not.
Address the lump first.
Make the diagnosis, (often a biopsy is needed). Then proceed with treatment, (surgical, radiation, chemotherapy if needed). Breast augmentation can wait until you know what is going on.

In brief: You should not.
Address the lump first.
Make the diagnosis, (often a biopsy is needed). Then proceed with treatment, (surgical, radiation, chemotherapy if needed). Breast augmentation can wait until you know what is going on.
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Thank
Dr. Tito Vasquez
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Any unknown mass in the breast should be investigated prior to any surgery on the breast, such as augmentation.
A breast surgeon will give you the best way of proceeding.

In brief: No
Any unknown mass in the breast should be investigated prior to any surgery on the breast, such as augmentation.
A breast surgeon will give you the best way of proceeding.
Dr. Tito Vasquez
Dr. Tito Vasquez
Thank
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Bad idea
If you have breast lump, it should be evaulated by a mammogram and ultrasound before any cosmetic procedure.
It is harder and sometimes riskier to biopsies after a woman has breast implants. See a general surgeon before the plastic surgeon.

In brief: Bad idea
If you have breast lump, it should be evaulated by a mammogram and ultrasound before any cosmetic procedure.
It is harder and sometimes riskier to biopsies after a woman has breast implants. See a general surgeon before the plastic surgeon.
Dr. Lee Pederson
Dr. Lee Pederson
Thank
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Remove the lump.

In brief: No
Remove the lump.
Dr. Evert Eriksson
Dr. Evert Eriksson
Thank
Dr. Tito Vasquez
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Not recommended
If there is a known lump that has not yet been diagnosed, i recommend that you have this evaluated before any breast surgery is performed.

In brief: Not recommended
If there is a known lump that has not yet been diagnosed, i recommend that you have this evaluated before any breast surgery is performed.
Dr. Tito Vasquez
Dr. Tito Vasquez
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Buck Parker
Board Certified, Surgery
13 years in practice
467K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors