Breast Implants Too Far Apart - Worth a Revision? (photo)

In January, I got Allergan HP implants, one 425 and the other 450. They're a little too far apart and I wanted some opinions as to whether or not a revision is worth it given my anatomy. I am very tall, but very thin with a small ribcage. My breasts were previously this size when I was nursing my daughter, and they never felt so oddly far apart. Without a bra, my implants will literally slide backwards / apart until I have sideboob for half my ribcage. What complications can arise with revision?

Doctor Answers 14

Breast Implants Too Far Apart - Worth a Revision? (photo)

In the standard view (face on standing) the implant appear to be positioned properly, perhaps even a bit too central in terms of the position of the areolas. They extend beyond the chest wall because they are wider than your anatomy allows. \

Options for improvement would include using smaller implants and closiing off the outer pockets, or using full proflle implants which are narrower, but do not appear as natural. 

If ;you like the size, I would discourage revision. I don't think you will achieve what you want.  All the best. 

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Implants Too Far Apart - Worth a Revision?

Excessive #space #between the breasts is a very common reason many seek breast implant revision surgery. During the initial breast augmentation, a #pocket is created carefully to maintain certain folds on the sides and bottom of the breast. Occasionally, the space for the breast implant becomes too large on the #side of the chest or the tissue #stretches and the implants fall too much to the side. This is most easily seen when the patient is lying on her back. Other times, the space is a result of too narrow or too small of an implant for the patient's build. 

It's difficult to suggest solutions here without knowledge of the #surgical #techniques applied. Nor without before and after #photographs. 

Nevertheless, the best #option for #revising should be discussed during a one-on-one consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Deciding on additional #elective cosmetic #surgery is a personal #choice. Your procedures should always be performed by a #PlasticSurgeon who is board-certified and has a great deal of experience specializing in cosmetic #surgery. You will then greatly improve your chances of getting the result you desire, and, without the need for a revision surgery. It is suggested that you look at before and after photos of the surgeons actual patients, and read patient reviews. Gathering all of this information will help you make a well-informed decision.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Correction of Breast Too far apart

It is possible to move your implants closer together. To do this, a breast revision can make the pocket smaller on the sides (capsulorraphy) to help prevent them falling to the side. See the below link for details

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 154 reviews

Implant Displacement After Breast Augmentation

In general, if the operative procedure was done correctly this may be due to your overall natural chest wall anatomy. However, if you have a small or narrow base diameter there may have been some over dissection of your pocket. This can be corrected and revised by repairing and closing off the lateral over dissected area and using smaller implants. However, the relapse rate can be approaching 30-40% in some patients.

Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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You need revision

The photographs show you are very thin and have large implants.  425 and 450 cc implants are too large and have extruded inferiorly and laterally.  You would achieve better results with small implants placed higher and a simultaneous lift.  There is a new technique called Breast Augmentation with Mini Ultimate Breast Lift.  Using only a circumareola incision it is possible to exchange the implants, reshape your breast tissue creating upper pole fullness, elevate them higher on the chest wall and more medial to increase your cleavage.  Aligning the areola, breast tissue and implant over the bony prominence of the chest wall gives maximum anterior projection with a minimal size implant.  Without a revision, you will have progressve inferior and lateral displacement.

Best Wishes,

Gary Horndeski, M.D.

Gary M. Horndeski, MD
Texas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 223 reviews

Breast Implants Too Far Apart - Worth a Revision?

         The result standing up is reasonable, and this may not be worth the additional surgery.  There should be some lateral displacement of the implants with time given most people's tissue laxity.  Pocket revision may or may not correct this.  In addition, preoperative anatomy would have to be considered in this evaluation. 

Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Implants Too Far Apart - Worth a Revision?

Acceptable result! Very hard to correct the lateral displacement issues. Seek a few IN PERSON opinions. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Revising implants that slide to far sideways?

As other have mentioned, you can have your pockets adjusted if the movement is driving you crazy.  When this is done in my practice, you are asked to wear a cut out bra for 6-8 weeks 24/7 to minimize any implant pressure on the sutured capsule.  As for having them closer together, realize that its normal to have space between the breasts, perhaps 1-2 cm and if when standing, yours are like this, I would not attempt to make them closer together.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Breast implants too far apart

The picture help some but are not enough for a complete diagnosis. It sounds like the pockets are too wide. As mentioned in other posts this may be improved by sewing the pocket closed. This works well and is a brief out patient procedure. If the pocket is not open enough along the  center then this would be released to improve the result. At no time however should the true sternal pectoralis muscle be cut as this may lead to synmastia which means one boob touches the other in the mid line. Good Luck!

Gregory T. Lynam, MD
Richmond Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 59 reviews

Breast augmentation revision can reposition implants

Thank you for your question and for providing the photographs.  If the implants are sliding off to the side, the pocket needs to be closed to prevent this.  I often do this type of revision surgery and in some cases suture repair is sufficient but sometimes a new pocket is best and in some cases Strattice is helpful.  Another consideration is if the implants are too wide for your chest wall width.  An in-office consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon will provide you with more information and you can discuss your options.  Try to find a plastic surgeon who specializes in breast surgery and performs a significant number of revisions each year.

Hope this helps.

Tracy Pfeifer, MD

Tracy Pfeifer, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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