4 Weeks Post-op. Implants Move to the Side When I Lay Down. Revision Needed?

I Had a BA 4 Weeks Ago, Subglandular 350cc Gel. When I Lay Flat my Implabts Move to the Side. 5 foot 1 inches 120 pounds.. Was a 34 deflated c due to 3 breasted children..

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Implants falling off to the side at 4 weeks.

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Assuming the problem is not just natural breast flattening and falling off to the side and is the implant moving out but not the breast, I would say this may well be a problem and I view it as one more common to subglandular placement of implants. 

I disagree with some of the responses. The capsule of scar tissue that heals around the implant is there by 10 days or so but like any scar tissue, can mature, stretch, or contract. I doubt that at four weeks a discrepancy between the implant and the pocket will correct itself by bra splinting or any external maneuvers.   

Subglandular placement of implants leaves very little control over the tissues containing the implant until the capsule is formed. If the pocket dissected for the implant was too wide for the implant or the implant placed was too narrow for the pocket, then the implant will float around in the pocket and not stay behind the breast like a foot that is too small for a shoe. Very stretchy tissues can do this over time even with subpectoral placement but it shouldn't be there at four weeks. 

The correction for this problem by altering the existing subglandular capsule is not an easy one and sometimes the best solution is to not alter the capsule but replace the implant with a wider one that fits the capsule space better. Another solution is to redo the capsule space (or part of it) by redoing the augmentation to a subpectoral placement of the implant. 

I would certainly wait at least to the three months point to be fairly certain the tissues are fully recovered and aren't going to change any further before making a decision on a revision.

Boulder Plastic Surgeon

Implant movement 4 weeks after breast augmentation

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At 4 weeks post breast augmentation, you are still in the early healing phase and the problem you have described may improve as you body forms a scar capsule around your implants.  Check with your surgeon for specific advice, but in the meantime avoid excessive movement of the implants and wear a bra that helps keep the implants in proper position.  Best wishes.

Vincent D. Lepore, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 63 reviews

Breast Implants Moved to Side When Lying Down?

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Thank you for the question.

I would agree with the previous respondents, that it is too early to be concerned about the need for revisionary surgery and about the potential usefulness of a relatively snug  fitting bra ( keeping the breasts  implants immediately positioned).

 If the lateral displacement of the breast implants  does  become a long-term concern, then revisionary surgery may be necessary. This breast implant displacement can be corrected using an internal suture technique decreasing the size of the pockets and moving the implants toward the midline.

 I hope this helps.

Implants moving to the side

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At just 4 weeks post op I wouldn't be too worried about your implants moving to the side when you lay down.  At this early stage your capsule hasn't completely formed yet.  I would highly recommend that you wear a really supportive bra for the next two months (the first three months post op) to help keep your implants in a good position while your capsule fully forms.  Beyond this you need to ask your surgeon for suggestions.  Best wishes to you!

Milind K. Ambe, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Implants too to the side

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Four weeks after surgery is a little early to be convinced that the implants are too far to the side. Even if they are, at this time you might be able to salvage the position by wearing a good bra continuously for at least 6 weeks. Before anything you should return to your surgeon and discuss the situation. Good luck.

Breast Implant movement after augmentation

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In general, a good breast augmentation will look natural and feel soft.  Breast implants, if smooth, should have some space around them to keep that soft look and feel and this is part of the reason to create a pocket that has enough room to fit the implant nicely.  If the pocket is overdissected, or sometimes with trauma or unusual stretching of the tissues, the breast implant can have too much space to move and it can move to an unexpected position.  When a person with breast implants lies down, the implants should move to the side a small amount, as a natural breast would move, but not enough to leave the central breast area hollowed our looking or to cause discomfort under the arms.  When standing, the implants should be centered under the nipples,  You are relatively early in the post-operative period, but I'm sure your surgeon would be happy to address your concerns. 

So do normal breasts

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Women who have breasts find that they move too --- when you lie down they go out to the sides. This can be a normal finding. Talk to your doctor

William B. Rosenblatt, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Implants fall to the side

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Its likely fine. I would not be thinking revision and you should make sure you communicate with your plastic surgeon. If they are in the correct position when you stand and do not fall to the side then there is little to worry about.

Implants Move to the Side When Laying Down, Revision Required?

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It is completely normal for an augmented breast to move somewhat to the outside when laying down. However, how far to the side is appropriate? You are still pretty early post-op so I wouldn't expect your implant to be especially mobile at this point. If, when you lie down your breast moves so far to the outside that when you look down your breast looks hollowed out or depressed along the inside, then the implant pocket may have been overdissected and you would need a revision. Ultimately it is impossible to say for sure without at least some good photos or examining you. This is something you should discuss with your surgeon.

Lateral movement to implants

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This is normal since the ribcage curves and the implants should naturally fall towards the side. This occurs more than with submuscular implants which are a bit more constrained. If they fall too far to the side then that might be a problem. But if they look like they are in the correct position when you stand up, chances are they are in an appropriate position.

Robin T.W. Yuan ,M.D.


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

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