My 1st surgery was March 2009 (over tm) 1 week later 1 breast was so Inlarged surgery was done with a new implant he could clean up and remove blood clots. Then in December 2009 I had been noticing the same breast was hurting I waited until April 2010 to see him which I was told the breast had capsulated and he wants to put them under the muscle which he did. Now the same breast again has not formed to size it's lop sided. What should I do the fear to have surgery for the 4th time is scarey.
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It sounds like you had a collection of bllod in the breast in March and then had encapsulation that required you to have another operation. The implants are now placed under muscle.
So your breasts have had a significant amount of trauma with all the surgery and they ned time to rest now.
Perhaps you should consider not having any further surgery for a while.
With regards to the asymmetry, I say to my patients that breasts are sisters not twins. Its normal for one to be different to the other.
You may want to seek a second opinion
Even in the best of hands with the best breast surgeons, patients develop complications. It would probably ease your mind, if you saw another reputable physician to get a second opinion. Always choose a board certified plastic surgeon, and ask other physicians such as your gynecologist, or friends of yours who have had cosmetic breast surgery ,if they would give you a recommendation.
Recurrent capsular contracture: consider Strattice
With a recurrent capsular contracture you have limited options. One is to remove the implant and the capsule, allow everything to heal for a few months and start over; the other is capsulectomy, implant replacement, and A Strattice graft. This is very effective at preventing another recurrence.
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Problems with breast implants like hardening can occur but in my practice fortunately, it has become much less. Once you have a problem though, it may not go away. It is difficult to judge what I would recommend from your photos and what you write except to not have surgery again until at least one year from last one. Watch my videos.
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I would advise you to leave it alone. It's never, ever perfect. Get fitted for a nice bra and enjoy your nice, full chest.
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At this point, you've already had two complications with implant surgery - Hematoma followed by capsular contracture. You have asymmetry, but not striking. Further surgery is less predictable and the risk of further complications may outweigh any minor improvement in symmetry. If it does not bother you significantly, I recommend leaving things as they are.
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I do not see any indication for surgical revision in the pictures. Breasts look fine, and symmetric. If you want them tighter and lifted, consider circumvertical mastopexy.
Your presurgical photos need reassessment. The photos show reasonable symmetry, you may have some extra breast tissue with mild sagging on left side which can get exaggerated when the implant is under the muscle. But atleast it is in safe place. In my view leave it alone.
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