Fixing Uneven Breasts After Breast Augmentation?
- Asked by j in canada in canada
- 4 years ago
3 wks po...335 cc shaped cohesive gel under the muscle. My left breast is much smaller and not as full as the right, plus they are not as big as what i thought they would be even after trying on sizers.
I am very upset with my results. i would like to know if i had gone with a round implant as well as larger if it would have made any difference? i am having huge regrets :( and am seriously considering an implant exchange asap. Any advice on possible fix ups would be truly appreciated.
All patients have some degree of asymmetry
I agree with the other physician, I would not panic at 3 weeks and start thinking about revisions.
ALL PATIENTS have pre-existing asymmetries of their breasts and it is important to point them out in detail because many of the asymmetries CANNOT be fixed by breast augmentation alone. For example, the nipple position is slightly different (as it is in most patients) and that was undoubtedly there prior to breast augmentation.
I do not put that much stock in breast sizers...They always slightly "overestimate" the size that a patient can expect. I see this more of a problem with silicone gel than saline implants and typically have to go "plus 1" size from the sizers for patients to be happy. I also believe in using a sterile breast sizer at the time of surgery because there really is not better and more accurate place to determine the best implant size for that patient's tissues than at surgery.
I personally do not favor shaped, "teardrop", or anatomic implants but that does not mean that some surgeons get excellent results with them.
It doesn't appear that the left breast is much smaller and it takes a complete 3 months for implants to settle downward even with doing implant displacement exercises...the only thing in your case is that the textured anatomic implants won't settle as much as a smooth round implant because it "locks into" the capsule, but at 3 weeks the capsule is still not completely formed so it is still worth being aggressive with implant displacement exercises.
Even if you needed an "exchange of implants" which I would consider at 3 months if you were still unhappy with either size or position of the implants, the exchange is even a faster recovery for the patients as your tissues are already "stretched" and switching out implants even if you decided on a slightly bigger smooth round silicone gel implant wound not be difficult and you would do fine with that.
Realize that no women's breasts are perfect mirror images of each other and no breast augmentation can give you that. Wait and see where you are at 3 months and then talk with your surgeon about your options.
I hope this helps!
I can notice that you have inherent breast asymmetry as well as breast sagging. it also seems that your left breast implant might be a bit higher than the right one. changing to a round breast implant will give you a better cleavage. bigger impalnts will also make them look better. You need discuss things in detail with your surgeon and have patience.
First of all, if they are shaped cohesive gel implants, then they will not drop any further. Shaped implants are textured and stay where they are placed. You seem to potentially have had asymmetric breasts to start with and I wonder if your doctor had pointed that out to you beforehand? Either way, I do not think that more time will lead to significant enough changes that will make you more pleased with your results, and I do agree that you will need a revision at some point. I recommend waiting at least 3 months prior to reoperating to give the tissues a chance to fully heal before you re-traumatize them with more surgery. I do think that you will have a better, more natural results utilizing smooth, round implants, but you will most likely also require a breast lift to provide you with that result as well. This means more scars on the breast. You have a to think about and to discuss with whichever plastic surgeon you wind up seeing. Good luck!
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You will need a revision, but wait several months.
Hi. There are several problems:
1) Your two breasts are different with more sagging and less volume in the left breast. You may need a breast lift on the left.
2) The implant pockets are too high. Unfortunately, they are not going to "drop".
3) The implant pockets are too far apart.
4) I would not get bigger implants, at least not on the right.
You can definitely be made a lot better with a sophisticated revision. You need a detailed plan. In Manhattan, we would wait several months, because your breasts will change.
I recommend placing the patient in the sitting position (of course, you are still asleep) before the end of surgery, because then the surgeon can actually see if you have great shape and symmetry. If not, we keep working. This step takes all the guess work out.
You needed a lift
Unless your plastic surgeon discussed your needing a lift to get the best result, they have not served you well. Clearly, you are asymmetric and your left breast is droopier than the right. That is why you think the left is smaller, because the breast is falling off the bottom end of the implant, not because the implants are different sizes.
Many plastic surgeons are afraid to tell their patients that they need a lift because of the scars and that telling you something you don't want to hear will lose you to another doctor. I would rather be sure you know what your starting point will give you and won't give you without a lift. Your areolas are large and your skin is loose. You were destined to have the result you have without a lift.
I am also not a fan of the look of the implants you have because they are too buldgy and high on your chest. These were chosen to fill up your loose skin envelope but didn't do the trick so well. I would rather you have a more natural looking implant and the lift you needed all along. So don't try to correct what you have with an implant exchange - it won't work!
Web reference: http://www.randcosmeticsurgery.com
Many different options for breast implant revision
Clearly there are many issues here which need to be addressed:
1) Volume discrepancy: Right larger
2) Nipple dystopia: Left lower
3) Ptotic glandular tissue: Pseudoptosis with involutional atrophy
4) Enlarged Areolae: Probably larger than average 4.2cm
5) Mild constriction: Left sided narrow base diameter
Each of these issues needs to be addressed. To some degree in quick summary, you may benefit from biplanar approach radial relaxing incisions, mastopexy. All of these interventions may not be required but would likely result in significantly more scarring associated with more risks and costs; these procedures may need to be staged (more than one operation to avoid possible compromise of the blood supply to the nipple). However, plastic surgery is an art and open to interpretation. It is no doubt that you will get differing opinions from different surgeons and that is to be expected.
Too early to judge symmetry
This is a very frequent question and yes, early asymmetry is expected. Give it time and the implant will likely drop and you will achieve better symmetry. Right now continue to follow your plastic surgeons advice as far as wearing a bra and massage.
Your Asymmetry is Probably Related to Unrecognized & Untreated Breast Sag
Your post-operative asymmetry is probably related to unrecognized and untreated breast sag. This appears to be present on both sides. The left breast appears to have more sag than the right side. Optimal results following cosmetic breast surgery are dependent upon an accurate diagnosis of the problem. Although you have bilateral breast hypoplasia which has been treated, your breast sag has not been addressed. Without treatment of this problem breast symmetry is not possible.
Although, the position and size of your breast implants are areas of concern, this does not appear to be a major problem. These problems can easily be addressed by revising the breast pockets and exchanging implants. The type of implant used would have a minor impact, relatively speaking, compared to the issue of breast sag.
Revisional surgery will be necessary to correct this deformity. This would most likely require a left sided breast lift and possibly a right sided procedure as well for symmetry. Discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon has specific knowledge about your past procedure and will be able to utilize this information to hopefully solve your problem.
Fixing Uneven Breasts After Breast Augmentation
There is still swelling at 4-6 weeks and the breasts may look uneven because of the swelling. If swelling was indeed perceived later on, then I think a breast lift would be appropriate for the patient shown.
Web reference: http://www.drvitenas.com/breast-augmentation.html
I agree with you that in your photo the two breast do look different. The left breast looks smaller and a little droopier. At 3 weeks it is impossibel to tell whether this is simply a temporary change from early post-operative swelling, or something that will last. Implant massage techniques can often correct minor malposition problems, so you and your physician may want to consider this.
Once the swelling has gone down, and you have exhausted conservative measures to resore symmetry, then, and only then, think about an implant exchange. I would give it at least 3 months. Good luck.
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