I am 5'0, I am in my early 20s. I had 350cc implanted and I had severe synmastia and bottoming out.
After Internal Bra (Internal Sutural) Procedure for Synmastia Repair? Does This How It Usually Looks? My Chest is Sore. (photo)
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Concerns after Correction of Symmastia?
Although you ask good questions, online consultants are not your best resource at this point; your plastic surgeon should be your resource given that he said/he knows exactly what was done, what activity restrictions should apply, and is responsible for your care. Follow-up with him/her and do not hesitate to discuss concerns/questions.
This is tough.It will get better with time.I would be patinet and give it a few months.This is a tough condition to treat.
Synmastia and Bottoming out problem
I certainly do not like the way your skin is pleated even at this early period. Really need more information to understand the technique used, was an ADM like Strattice used to support the implant.
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After Internal Bra (Internal Sutural) Procedure for Synmastia Repair? Does This How It Usually Looks? My Chest is Sore.
Based upon the posted photos there is some concern in the suture techniques. But again over the internet very hard to advise and more healing time is needed.
Internal bra for symmastia repair
It is hard to tell from the pictures, but the internal bra procedure would use an acellular matrix material such as Strattice. In any case, there appears to be swelling as it is early post op so too early to tell. Give it some time and make sure your plastic surgeon is aware of your concerns.
The internal suture technique alone for synmastia repair is difficult at best to prevent recurrence. Your photos show significant indentation of the skin and what appear to be oversized implants. However, internet evaluations do not supplant an in-person exam. I prefer a multi-step approach to synmastia repair:
- Be sure the implants are within the anatomic dimensions of the breast (implant width < breast width), if not - decrease the implant dimensions!
- If subglandular, switch to a submuscular pocket (new implant space)
- If submuscular, create a neo-subpectoral pocket (new implant space)
- Remove any capsule which overlies the sternum or create a capsular "flap" to wall off the sternal space.
- Use Strattice or a similar dermal matrix if necessary to prevent migration of the implants over the sternum.
- Use internal sutures as necessary without creating external puckering
- An external "thong" bra to keep even pressure along the sternum.
As you can see, correction is not a simple "throw some stiches" solution. Even with all of these techniques, synmastia is difficult to correct. The best outcomes are for those patients with subglandular implants who desire smaller implants as switching to a submuscular pocket with appropriate sized implants allows for the easiest and most predictable correction.
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