Implants are Far Apart - Can They Be Moved Toward Center?

I had BA 5 weeks ago. They are farther apart than we discussed with the surgeon. Can they be moved toward center without another surgery?

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Moving implants closer together

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No, without another surgery, you won't be able to do much to move the implants closer together.  Please keep in mind that you are only 5 weeks out and that the implants most likely still need to settle into the pockets, etc. and so the size and shape may change.  There are limitations to what surgeon's can do in the operating room and without a photo or examining you, it's difficult to say what would need to be performed.  I have helped many patients with improvement of implant placement on their chest wall - it all depends on the examination.  Give yourself time to heal and see how things turn out.

Surgical Intervention Necessary For Change/Improvement

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Unfortunately, it’s impossible to move implants in an inward direction without surgery. This type of maneuver would require expansion of the medial breast pockets.This would require surgical intervention.
Even if your implants could be moved in an inward direction, it’s not necessarily in your best interest.It’s important to note that implants need to be centered beneath the nipple areola complexes.In many cases, the areolas are laterally positioned.If the implants are moved in an inward direction, the areolas will literally sit on the sides of the breasts.
For this reason, you should discuss this issue with your plastic surgeon.Your surgeon should be able to give you insight into your current situation.

You CAN move your implants closer

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Sure the pockets can be opened towards the middle of your chest and wider implants can be used in an effort to move your implants closer.  Also new pockets can be made depending on your precious surgery and your present examination.  Dr Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Implants can only be moved together so much

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If your implants are under the muscle, then it is the attachment of the muscle along the breast bone that limits how close they can come in. Although the muscle can be partially released in order to expand the pocket in that direction, if it is overdone then you get a symmastia. This also apples to implants above the muscle. Other factors include implant diameter and size. A push-up/in bra may help a bit early on.

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Breast Implants Too Far Apart

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The short answer to your question is no, they cannot be moved closer together without another surgery. Breast implants need to be centered underneath the breast tissue. If your breasts were far apart before surgery, then they will be far apart after surgery. I make sure to be very clear with patients on this topic during the consultation.

Implants will give the appearance of better cleavage because your breasts are fuller. However, if there is over manipulation, such as using implants that are too wide, or detaching the muscle along the sternum too much, it can lead to some predictable complications such as synmastia. In this case the implant pockets communicate with each other and give the breasts a distorted look. A good bra or undergarment is the most effective way to give you the cleavage you desire.

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Implants cannot be altered without surgery

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 The implants cannot be altered without surgery. If the space between the implants are due to errors made in the implant pockets, then yes changes can be made to the position. If the patient’s breasts are naturally far apart, the amount of cleavage and the placement of the implants are generally going to remain in the same as pre-surgery. 

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Implants too far apart

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I would recommend to continue to massage them inward and also wear a bra that moves you in.  Continue to try these things and if nothing then a revision may be necessary. 

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Implants far apart

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It all depends on the details.  The first question you have to determine is why the implants are far apart?  This can be due to pre-existing anatomy.  This can be due to initial implant placement, or this can be due to residual muscle activity, if the implants are under the muscle.  Each problem has its own potential risk, specifically creating symmastia, which creates a "una-boob" appearance.  The best bet is to talk to your surgeon about your concerns and see what kind of solution can realistically be offered.

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Moving implants to create more cleavage

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At 5 weeks out from breast augmentation, it is unlikely that any non-surgical maneuver will improve this. It is important to note that the amount of cleavage obtainable is dependent in part on your anatomy. Surgical options to increase cleavage or bring implants closer together involve releasing the tissue and muscle along your sternum. Minor release may improve implant position, however one must take care. Too much release can lead to synmastia or an abnormal communication between the two breasts. In short, cleavage is often best achieved with the right bra, not a scalpel.

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If your result is a result of a surgical miscalculation then revisionary surgery might be the answer.

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If the distance between your implants is a result of a miscalculation on the part of your surgeon then there is a possibility that they might be repositioned more closely together. Potentially correctable entities include implant pockets that have been dissected too much to the side causing your implants to slide to the sides of your body and further away from each other. This can be corrected  with revisionary surgery that places internal sutures designed to close down the outside of the pocket. If your implants were placed beneath the muscle it is also possible that the muscle was not elevated adequately over your breast bone preventing the implants from filling out your cleavage zone. A second surgery directed at a further release of the muscle would then be a solution. One or both of these scenarios may be the cause of the separation between your breasts and can be surgically improved.

However, many times a wide separation of implanted breasts is a result of the patients original anatomy for which there is little recourse. Most implant surgery results in the implant being centered beneath the nipple complex and most commonly implants have a circular base. Therefore, half of the base diameter (the radius of the circle) will be positioned on the outside and half towards the breast bone. In individuals with widely separated nipples an implant with a very large base diameter would be necessary to create the desired cleavage. Most of the implants with the dimensions needed to produce this result are just simply too big to fit in the space available. Nevertheless, you might be able to come closer to your desired result with a somewhat larger implant. Your surgeon should be able to advise you if a larger implant is feasible.

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Chicago Plastic Surgeon

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