Will scoliosis prevent my breast augmentation from appearing symmetrical? (photos)
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Thank you for sharing your story. You have not yet reached a final post operative result. Usually with scoliosis, there is a difference in the projection of the chest wall on each side leading to disparity after surgery. It is unlikely that your breasts will ever be completely symmetrical if you have chest wall disparity. However, since both silicone gel and saline implants come with different projections for the same base diameter ( roundness) , they can be made to look more symmetrical (even).
Breast augmentation - will scoliosis affect my result?
- Six days is truly early to judge your final result -
- You seem to have fairly large implants, and one has as you know, dropped more quickly.
- This is totally normal - they often drop at different times.
- A before photo would help to see the asymmetry but chances are the result will be fine.
- Ask your surgeon when you can do bra-less - gravity often helps pull the implants down.
Effects of mild scoliosis on breast augmentation results
A severe form of scoliosis could have definitely magnified breast asymmetry after breast augmentation, however, because you have mild scoliosis (15 degrees), it should have a very low impact on the outcome of the breast augmentation. Similarly, breast augmentation should not worsen your scoliosis either as implant devices have a relatively low weight.
In general scoliosis and irregular spinal curvature may cause frontal rib-cage asymmetries, nipple asymmetries, changes in the breast skin envelope, and these differences can appear more obvious with breast augmentation, but currently, your breasts have achieved volume symmetry because you only have mild scoliosis.
Your surgeon may have taken any asymmetry into account during the pre-surgical assessment of breast characteristics.
You may feel that scoliosis may cause the implants to drop asymmetrically and at different rates, but it is not uncommon for breasts to heal and adapt to implants at different rates even in patients without scoliosis. You should be ready to accept any asymmetries that existed before surgery as those cannot be corrected with breast augmentation.
According to your pictures, I believe your breasts are coming along really well. Implants initially do sit high up because the chest muscles and surrounding breast tissues have not become accustomed to the implant resulting in tightness. You have to allow gravity to take effect, and overtime, natural tissue expansion will allow the implants to fall into place causing your breasts to appear more natural, softer, and rounder. Once that happens, the implant will sit directly behind the breast tissue in a natural 45:55 breast ratio.
You will reach final results within 3 to 6 months. If the breasts still appear different at that point in time, then you may share your concerns with your surgeon and they should be able to fix the problem.
For now, you should rest, heal, and maintain strict follow-up with your board-certified plastic surgeon to make sure your breasts heal well and remain aesthetically beautiful.
Hope this helps!
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Good Afternoon! Great question! First of all you should know you can always consult your questions with your plastic surgeon, I'm sure she/he will be happy to help you in the post-surgery care and doubts. It's important to know that scoliosis could affect the final result and symmetry of your breast augmentation, this should be evaluated before your surgery and take into account when estimating size of implants to be placed on each side . However it's too soon to know as you should wait at least 3 months so see the final position of your breast, by this moment is completely normal that they drop a little.
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Breast augmentation and scoliosis
Thank you for your question. A before photo would help to see the asymmetry, maybe diferent sizes implants could help to minimize the asymmetry. Now your breast appear larger, maybe it isn´t the best form for your breast. Could help you send us the before photos. Sincerily, Dr Jessica Ramirez