Drifting Breast 9 Months Post Op?

After having a BA 9 months ago I noticed my breast isn't as full. Also, when I lay flat, my breast drifts under my arms and when I stand I have too much space where I should have cleavage. ( I went from a size B to a D)

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Were the breasts full immediately after surgery? Are the implants fairly large? It's possible the space the implants were placed within has expanded. To improve this would require stitching the side of the pocket to decrease its size and push the implants more centrally to create cleavage. I would recommend you followup with your plastic surgeon to see what he/she thinks. Take care!


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Not uncommon problem

Dear Tigerlady,

unfortunately your problem is not uncommon. Most likely you have inflatable smooth implants placed under the pectoral muscle. As Dr Pousti suggests the only solution while keeping the same implants is indeed a capsulorraphy. 

In Europe the best alternative would be to place silicone gel implants with a coating of polyurethane, which creates a very good adhesion to the desired position immediately after placement. Moreover this polyurethane has proven to give a significant protection against capsular contracture. 

Alexis Verpaele, MD
Belgium Plastic Surgeon

Drifting Breast Implants?

Thank you for the question.

 Based on your description, your breast implants are moving to the sides (are laterally displacing). This situation can be corrected using an internal suture technique (capsulorraphy) decreasing the size of the breast implant pockets and moving the implants toward the midline.  This procedure will serve to help improve the appearance of the cleavage area both in the upright and supine positions.

 I would suggest an in-person consultation with board certified plastic surgeons who can demonstrate significant experience helping patients with lateral breast implant displacement. You may find the attached link helpful.

Best wishes.

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