I recently had breast lift and implants (200 cc, 1 cup size bigger, age 26 no kids) 2 weeks ago, and my nipples look like something out of a child's coloring book. They're completely uneven, choppy, and not at all near perfectly circular. Will these eventually fix themselves? I also thought the breasts would be higher. Does this look like a well executed lift?
Uneven Nipples After Breast Augmentation and Lift
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Need time to allow the breats to achieve their final shape
Your lift looks fine for one week post surgery. Symmetry is the curse of plastic surgery. If you only had one breast then there would be nothing to compare it to. Prior to a breast lift careful measurements are made in an attempt to achieve symmetry and a nice result. The fact is that despite performing the exact same procedure on each side the two breast will heal at different rates. One side will always drop faster, have less bruising and hurt less. In time things will even up. In the event of some degree of minor asymmetry a simple revision is all that is needed to achieve the desired result. Relax and give it time.
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Nipples Uneven After Surgery
The good news is that it is really much too soon to judge the final appearance of your results, including the size, shape and position of your nipples.
The "bad" news is it will take some time (months) to allow enough healing to judge if all is well or if some adjustments are desirable.
For now, discuss your concerns with your surgeon and try your best to hang in while healing progresses.
Yes, you are asymmetric and yes you can be corrected if need be. When I do combination breast augmentation/Mastopexy, I will allow three months to pass before any reasonable assessment can be done. This will allow enough time for your soft tissue to settle and allow your skin to relax. If after that time you still notice asymmetry a corrective surgery can be safely performed. Remember of all the cosmetic surgeries we perform this particular on augmentation/Mastopexy has one of the highest rates of correction. I wish you well.
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Uneven Nipples after Lift and Augmentation
I concur. It is really too early to early to judge. Your photo looks pretty reasonable for just two weeks post-op. The nipples usually look somwhat artificial early on. Also nipples are not perfectly circular and perfectly even in anybody in real life and you should not expect them to be that way after surgery..................As speaker after speaker stated at the most recent ASPS meeting, Augmentation/Mastopexy is one of the MOST difficult operations we do. Many surgeons do them in two stages because it is difficult to get very good consistent results in a single stage operation. Why? Because the operations work against one another. When doing a lift you are trying to tighten and lift the tissues, while an implant works to expand the tissues, hence doing both at the same time tends to limit the benefits of each.
Time and realistic expectations needed for breast augmentation and lift results
I would give more time for the breast to settle down. It already looks pretty good but few things wil change in the next few weeks or so. Give it time and do not stress out about it. Plastic Surgery is a science and art. 100% results simply do not exist. Best of luck!
Recovery from breast (any) surgery
Dear Ajonesca, So far so good! Recovery from any surgery is always different in appearance in the first few weeks after surgery. Your surgeon will know best how things are coming along- as planned or not. From you photo things look like they are progressing well. The details you are pointing out are excellent and you are very astute as to the result you would like. You will know better by the 3 to 4 month mark. Follow up with your surgeon and haiving your questions answered will help you understand and be more comfortable with the recovery process.
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Trevor M Born MD
Looks good, not perfect
You are obviously recently post op. Overall the size, shape and symmetry of the breasts looks very nice. I agree that the left nipple is lower than the right, but I feel that the shape of the areolas looks nice. This is a very difficult operation to get a nice result, and you have a very nice result. It will get better as the wounds mature.
The nipples may or may not even out over time. If not, you may ask your doctor to raise the left one (difficult to lower a high nipple). This is fairly involved, and you must ask yourself if you are willing to undergo a significant revisional surgery to correct a small asymmetry. I would also suggest that you review your preop photos.
Areolas are swollen early on.
All areolas are swollen early on and it will take a couple of months for all the swelling to disappear. Please remember that areolas are not perfectly circular in any woman. They have a slightly irregular shape with pigment fading out from them.
From the photo, it looks like the breasts have a good shape and the nipples are in good position. I am not sure what you mean by having the breasts be higher. The upper portion of your breast would be right under the collar bone and the nipples could not be placed that high.
Just because you can take your breasts and push them up higher with your hands does not mean that they can be surgically held there. I did not have the benefit of seeing your pictures before surgery, but, the postop pictures look excellent for 2 weeks.
Breast lift concerns
I agree with my colleagues that it is too early for you to judge your final outcome at this time. I would give it minimum 3-6 months before making judgements since your breasts can and will probably change. If at that time you are unsatisfied, I would discuss with your plastic surgeon. Best of luck to you!
Breast asymmetry is a natural phenomenon. Almost every women has some degree of asymmetry. The before picture of this patient has a lower left nipple and a higher crease under the breast on the left. Her left breast is bigger than her right as well. These asymmetries carry through to the after photos as well. This is a normal amount of asymmetry. Regarding the nipples they always have a funny appearance for the first 6 weeks and work themselves out. I think this is a very good result and that you should be proud.