Asymmetrical torpedoes one week post op breast lift with 250 cc implants. Will these issues correct themselves? (Photo)
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Final results take months to become evident!
I'm personally not a fan of any breast lift technique that tightens the breast skin brassiere in only one dimension, as the vertical scar is usually "too long," often crosses the inframammary crease (or is slanted off to one side as your appears, creating an inframammary scar that was supposedly to have been avoided), and the unnatural pinching of the tissues beneath the nipple/areola complexes gives a "snout" appearance (that you have quite accurately described as "cone shaped.") But this part of the vertical lift design is claimed to provide longer-lasting support and less long-term re-droop or recurrent sagging. Essentially, this is a certain degree of "over-correction" to take into account the effects of gravity and scar/tissue stretch with healing.
Puckering is another part of this design I do not like, but this too will improve over time. But some degree of puckering is present with any technique and simply due to the effects of the dissolving sutures below the surface of the skin. As the skin incisions heal and the sutures dissolve, this (largely) goes away.
Bottom line: your entire result is going to get a lot better as time goes by, but that time span is months, not weeks. Revision is a possibility with any surgeon and any technique, which is why I personally choose a technique that (IMHO) reduces the likelihood of re-operation in the first place rather than trying to over-ride the laws of biophysics and having to wait and see if the "avoid scar" technique is actually better than the precisely-designed full lift plus implants.
Everything is a choice and compromise, and both you and your surgeon made theirs. So be patient and put questions about revision away for at least 6 months. I hope you will be pleasantly surprised, but cannot honestly reassure you that you will be happy, even though I can truthfully state that things will definitely get better than they look right now. Hang in there and discuss your concerns with your surgeon without anger or accusation--this will not help you if you indeed want a revision down the road. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen
It's not unusual for patients who undergo combination breast lift/breast augmentation to be concerned about the appearance of their breasts in the immediate post-operative period. It's virtually impossible to make aesthetic judgements regarding the size and shape of the breast when patients are only one week post-op.
During this period of time, swelling, muscle spasm, inflammation and the wound healing process itself, all contribute to changes in the appearance of the breasts. In most cases, it takes about 3 to 6 months before an assessment can be made about the aesthetic result.
At this point in time, your pictures suggest residual asymmetry, residual sag, cone shaped breasts and puckering around the nipple areolas. Many of these findings will improve with the passage of time. It's therefore, important to wait at least six months before considering revisional surgery.
For these reasons, patients need to be patient and maintain good communication with their plastic surgeon. Their surgeon should be able to reassure them and alleviate their anxiety.
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Thank you for your question and photos. It is far too early to make any definitive statements about your final outcome. It usually takes about a year until all the elements settle and scars become stable. Please follow your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon's instructions. Please let them know of your concerns. Together you will get through this process, hopefully with an outcome that you like.
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At one week, it is way too early to tell. It can take 6 weeks to 3 months for implants to settle into the breast pocket.
To be sure, return to see your surgeon and keep all of your follow up appointments.
I hope this helps.