What Are The Options For This Animation Deformity After 2 Surgeries? (photo)

I have had two breast surgeries. The 1st was a non-dual plane aug with small implants. The second was a mastopexy and implant exchange with slightly larger (25-50cc) implants and dual planed. What would my best approach be at this time? I have considered subglandular placement. Both or just the affected implant? I can rarely avoid involunatrily flexing my peck and causing this breast to "jump." Personally, I am dating and already have to explain the pexy scars, this "trick" breast is a bit much.

Doctor Answers 16

More muscle release for animation deformity

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I am going to disagree with most of the other answers. Subglandular placement will correct this animation deformity but may lead to other issues. I would first explore the right breast to see what is causing the problem - most likely incomplete muscle release and then try to release some more muscle. May also be some tethering along the double bubble that should be released as well. 

Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
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What Are The Options For This Animation Deformity After 2 Surgeries?

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You may have enough tissue thickness to camouflage a silicone gel implant of moderate size in a subglandular position, and moving these implants (yes, you should have both implants in the same plane) above the muscle is the most reliable way to eliminate both the animation deformity and the unusual contour of the lower pole of your right breast.  This contour problem on the right side is related to disruption of your inframammary crease and division of your muscle, the division being necessary in a subpectoral procedure.  It is not always well understood why some of these contour problems occur, and it may in part be related to how the pectoralis fibers reattached to the overlying breast tissue.  In any event, the same technique may be performed on both breasts and only one side develop this problem.  In a patient who is very, very thin, and whose implants need to stay subpectoral, an attempt can be made to dissect a new subpectoral pocket (neo-subpectoral), reestablish the inframammary crease at the proper level, and maybe even consider using Strattice as a spacer between the muscle and the overlying breast tissue.  This is complex, expensive (for the Strattice), and less assured of working. So if you have a reasonable amount of tissue thickness, placing the implants above the muscle should guarantee success.

Double bubble and animation deformity

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You have two issues. 1)  double bubble amd 2) animation deformity. The animation deformity may improve with placing the implants above the muscle.  This may lead to the implant being visible in the upper pole if you do not have a lot of soft tissue coverage. The double bubble may be corrected by placing a smaller implant and adjusting the fold position.  Good luck.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Double bubble deformity

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Your problem is not an easy one and although it may be an occasional source of entertainment for you, should be corrected.  That is certainly easier said than done.  Fortunately, you already have the mastopexy scars that can be utilized to gain wide enough access to your pectoral muscle and the breast fold.  In my hands the correction would entail either reinserting the pectoral muscle to the chest wall on your right breast or releasing the breast fold from the pectoral muscle that is retracting it up on the right.  This would depend on the status of the left pectoral muscle.  In this way you might not have to abandon the biplanar postion, which provides better coverage of your implants.  Good luck!

Jumping breasts

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Because the implant gets deformed as the overlying muscle contracts with use, the breast that is heavily dependent on the implant for size and shape may experience the deformation you have. Obviously the smaller the implant, the less this deformity so that a pea-sized implant will have no such anomaly.  You must remember that augmentation with implants is an imperfect operation and you should prepare yourself to be able to accept some "imperfection". These can be contour irregularities (like your 'double bubble' contour), visibility of the edge on the implant with rippling, firmness ( particularly with subglandular implants), excessive roundness (also more evident with large and more superficial implant), various rates if leakage, etc. If the jumping breasts are excess and you are willing to live with the imperfections of a sunglandular augmentation, then it may pay to change the position of the implants. Without accepting this concept, some patients end up "chasing the imperfections."

Dr. Robin T.W. Yuan

Robin T.W. Yuan, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

Jumping implant

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This is not a simple problem to fix.  I agree that there are two problems but they are related.  Without movement you have a double bubble which is that your fold was lowered too much and you see the old fold and the new fold. This leads to the deformity with movement.  Your muscle is higher then your implants and when you move the muscle it pushes on the implant.  This is also because you have a capsule that attaches the muscle to your implant.  So instead of your muscle moving over the implant the implant moves with the muscle.  So the question is how to fix this.  One way is to place over the muscle.  Another way is to use an acellular dermis like Alloderm to reattach the muscle and correctly place the fold.  This should help with the capsule problem as well.  I would guess that your breasts were asymmetric to begin with and will take more work to get them similar but they may never be exactly the same.

Kari L. Colen, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Breast Deformity

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You actually have two problems - 1) a "double bubble" deformity on the right and 2) tethering to the muscle.  Both of these problems are caused by the same thing - the pectoralis muscle was inadequately released in the first operation. Strategies to correct this would be to properly release the pectoralis muscle on the right hand side to allow the implant to drop properly.  This will also stop the muscle from raising the implant on contraction.  Moving the implant to the subglandular position will also help but since you already needed a lift, the chance of further ptosis will be enhanced by the weight of the implant in this position.  Another option to discuss with your surgeon is using strattice or ADM to reinforce the inframammary fold upon revision.

Leonard Harris, MD
Burlington Plastic Surgeon

Correcting a dynamic crease of the breast due to pull of the muscle

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Correction requires a re-operation and release of the pectoralis muscle along the lower medial pole of the breast this would decrease but not totally correct the problem.  Also the fascial bands can be released as well that are creating the crease along the bottom of the breast.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Pectoralis Major banding following breast augmentation.

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Thanks so much for your question.  There are a few different ways to approach this problem.  It's always a solution (although not a popular one) to remove the implants and allow things to heal, then replace the implants.  Another is to place the implants in a "new" pocket.  This can either be on top of the muscle or under the muscle in a neocapsular pocket.  Finally you can use a dermal replacement material and try to repair the muscle so it doesn't contract in the manner it currently does.  This can be successful but can also have limitations based on your anatomy and the forces that the muscle exerts on the repair.  Hope that at least gives you some direction and useful topics to discuss with your local surgeons.

Shaun Parson, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

Double-bubble/animation deformity

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There are some good answers here to this difficult situation but there are also some that I strongly disagree with. There is only one problem and it's a double-bubble deformity caused by the pull of the inferior (and too high medial) edge of the pectoralis muscle on the connective tissue (fascia) around the breast transmitted to the skin level. It is not the old inframammary crease and the mastopexy done at the second procedure did nothing to correct it nor was the pectoralis adequately released from the lower pole, particularly on the right (which is problematic if done at the same time as a real mastopexy). The existing inframammary crease level is not the source of the problem although the situation can be helped by raising or tucking up the crease level. 

Revision would be best done through an inframammary crease incision but exposure needs to be adequate to release the pectoralis muscle totally out of the lower pole and back of the breast while checking to make sure the fascia along the lower pole is not restrictive which would require radial cuts. The crease level can be tucked up a bit to help the lower pole and implant fill up and out over the crease. This leaves the implant covered by the pectoralis muscle for the upper pole of the breast but keeps it from "animating" the lower pole. I would also consider tacking the medial edge of the pectoralis muscle back to the medial side of the ribs on the right as it was released too high on the medial side which aggravated the double-bubble on the right. 

Scott L. Replogle, MD
Boulder Plastic Surgeon

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