Had Implants 4 Years Ago, Left Breast Feels As if Its Moved to Armpit Area.Is This Normal?

Had reconstructive surgery 4 years ago with saline implants. Left breast is now hanging differently from right and feels as if it has moved toward arm pit area. Is this normal? Is there any way to fix this without surgery?

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See your surgeon

If your implant feels firmer and has raised up to a higher position, this could be a sign of capsular contracture. Please see your surgeon for a physical examination. Best of luck.

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Implant in axilla

Unfortunately this can happen with time specially if you also had an axillary dissection on that same side.  This can be improved but would require a revision of your reconstruction. 

Ernesto Hayn, MD
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon

Breast implants, breast augmentation

An implant moving towards the armpit at this point could be a capsular contracture. You should see a plastic surgeon as this may need to be corrected.

 

David L. Abramson, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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It can happen and can be fixed

The problem of your implants moving laterally is not uncommon and fortunately can be fixed.  This does require another surgery though.  The same incision can be used so there are no new scars.  The "pocket" can be made smaller so that the implant stays on your chest and the same implant can be used so you don't have to buy another implant.  Good luck!

Moving breast implant

It would be best if you could post before and after pictures.  However, what you are describing can happen - especially with breast reconstruction.  The reason is that the normal supportive tissues are disrupted with mastectomy.  Additionally, the implant pocket is less defined.  In many cases, dermal products such as Alloderm can be used to make a sling to position the implant.  You may want to discuss your options with your surgeon.

 

Good Luck.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Implant moving to the armpit

I am afraid a breast implant moving towards the armpit is not 'normal'. It indicates possible capsular contracture displacing the implant. Unfortunately surgery is the only solution.

Anindya Lahiri, FRCS (Plast)
Birmingham Plastic Surgeon
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Breast asymmetry following reconstruction with saline implants

What you are describing sounds like a possible capsular contracture with implant displacement, though it is impossible to tell without photos.  Depending upon the extent of the malposition, you will probably require surgical revision.  You should arrange for follow-up evaluation by your plastic surgeon.

Good luck

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Craig S. Rock, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implant issues

WIthtou photos it is hard to say, but if the implants are falling into your armpit, it sounds likeyou may need a revision.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Had Implants 4 Years Ago, Left Breast Feels As if Its Moved to Armpit Area.Is This Normal?

Sorry for your issue but surgery seems to be the only option for you. But you did not post a photo so very hard to advise. See your PS ASAP to discuss. 

Misshapen breast after breast implant and capsular contracture

It is most likely a capsular contracture that has shifted the implant out of position and is most likely only treatable by further surgery.

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Aaron Stone, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

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