Evolution of Breast Shape Post-op?

hello doctors please i need your help !!i had a lollipop lift breast with augmentation ( implants 350cc meduim profil 13cm diam+4cm projection ) so i'm now day 30 after my surgery and i'm scared cauz my breast look very ugly and very flat and more larger then projection !! i need to know if i wear a good push up Bra will help me to have a sexy shape ??? what style of bra will help to increase q sexiest shape !! thanks

Doctor Answers (7)

Your (abnormal) shape is a result of the L-vertical lift being used when a better design was needed.

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Your long vertical incision was even tailored into an L-shaped scar in an effort to obtain better shape in more than one dimension, which is the main failing of vertical, lollipop, or circumvertical lift designs. Also, unless the vertical scar is "gathered" using appropriate suture technique, abnormally long scars all-too-frequently result, and crossing onto the chest wall beneath the breasts results in "compromises" with either additional crease excisions/scars and creation of distorted, flattened, boxy breast appearances.

Too many surgeons feel that the vertical lift provides additional support and decreases the risk of subsequent bottoming out that is sometimes seen with Wise-pattern (anchor) breast lift designs. I guess that "support" is because of the increased scarring along the vertical axis that this design incorporates! But by its inherent nature, a vertical lift that is either poorly -designed or used for the wrong patients causes bottoming out and distorted breast appearances (with bad scars) more frequently than anchor-pattern breast lifts, (which can also be poorly-designed and performed). The problem is that I see many more "bad results" with vertical lifts than I do with anchor lifts. So, as with many operations, it's not only about the choice of technique, but the choice of surgeon!

But my main concern with vertical lifts (including L-shaped or other variants) is that they remove skin in only one dimension, tighten skin in only one dimension, and have more variability in scarring and distorted shape than properly-designed and beautifully-executed Wise pattern (anchor) lifts that remove skin in both vertical and horizontal dimensions, creating a more attractive (sexy, if you wish) appearance in a majority of women who need breast lifting.

Trying for "less scarring" sure seems good, but "less shaping" and a poor outcome is a failure of both this vertical lift technique and the surgeon who chose it for your anatomy.

Brassiere choice will help to "push up" your new breasts for increased upper pole fullness and perhaps projection, but that will NOT change the nipple placement that is "too high" on your breast mounds, the fact that you will likely have undesired nipple exposure (spilling out of your bra top), and the poor scar placement you presently have. Surgical revision will be necessary, and conversion to a full Wise-pattern (anchor) breast lift can give you the shape, fullness, and improved aesthetic you desire.

See additional qualified plastic surgeons for more advice, and consider a full lift incision pattern for better results. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen


Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Breast shape changes over time

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The nipple to fold distance is long. A bra wil not help this issue. Visit with your plastic surgeon to discuss options. I would recommend you heal completely before undertaking any more surgery.

Raj S. Ambay, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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Implant position

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Implants that are place too low can be raised by raising the inframammary fold.  At 6 months postoperative the internal capsule will be developed to assist in plicating or pexing the fold. 

Gregory Diehl, MD, FACS
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I agree with Dr Rand, but in very specific cases the L-shaped lift has a place. I am doubtful you where a good candidate but no before photos posted. It appears from the post op photos you have either/or bottoming out ort too high N/A placement. Sorry 

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