10 weeks post op, fear I may have snoopy deformity or early Capsular Contracture, Maybe implant needs to drop? (Photo)

I got 500cc high profile silicone under muscle, I did not have any sagging whatsoever so Im scared I may have snoopy deformity on my left breast since there is still breast tissue hanging under my implant. both left and right feel the same firmness so I dont know if maybe its an early capsule formation? my left is obviously higher and with an odd shape almost torpedo like shape, seems to be exactly the same as the 1st day post op. Should I be worried? I have been massaging, seems to be no change

Doctor Answers 9

Implant asymmetry 2 months out

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are best managed by your surgeon as we all have our own ideas of how best to manipulate an implant into better, more desirable positions.  But if you do nothing, you can expect your implants to not change much from their current position.  And you do not have a snoopy deformity.  As your left implant settles, it will fill out the bottom better.

Redding Plastic Surgeon
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10 weeks out from breast augmentation

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At 10 weeks post op you are too early to know what your final results will be.  Implants tend to ride high for the first few weeks and they "drop" and soften up over the next 3-6 months. Keep in mind that it is 2 different surgeries. One on each breast. They will swell and heal differently. Additionally, the 2 sides can drop and soften at different rates.  I know it's difficult to be patient, try not to keep analyzing them for the next couple of months. Hope this helps and best of luck.

Snoopy deformity

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Thank you for the photos and it is still early to judge your final result though I would recommend wearing a strap to push down on your implants 24/7

Dr Corbin

Frederic H. Corbin, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 65 reviews

Not CC, They Just Need To Drop

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I can see why you're concerned. Your breasts still look like you've just had surgery - that is, your implants don't appear to have dropped and fluffed out, making your breasts look more natural. This can be an issue with larger submuscular implants and if you naturally have smaller breasts. Talk to your surgeon about what you can do to help get them to drop. You might need a band.

Ronald Levine, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Concerned About Capsular Contracture & Snoopy Deformity 10 Weeks Post Op

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It's quite early into your healing. Hence, it's not likely you are experiencing capsular contracture. Your #healing will continue for 2-3 months for the early period. This includes some #swelling, bruising, malposition, color differences and sensation will be abnormal.

But, it can be up to one year see your final result. Your doctor may require you to move or massage the implants within the breast pockets during the #postoperative period. (#Textured implants do not require breast massage.)

You must have patience as you heal, but if there are any causes of concern, ask questions of the doctor or the nursing staff.

Severe capsule contracture probably occurs in less than 15% of augmentation patients. Every woman has a breast capsule around their implant and this is a normal phenomenon. The capsule itself could be as thin as Saran Wrap but may also become calcified and thickened. As it thickens and shrinks, the patient may develop a feeling a firmness of the breasts and in its worst situation, the breast may become painful and abnormal in appearance, achieving a very round, hard, and uneven appearance. There may be distortion and possible breakage and leakage of an older implant, but may also include a newer #implant.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Two months out

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Give it time. Perhaps a breast band. Overall you have a great result. it can take 3-6 months to fully settle. Good luck and be well.

Kevin Maguire, MD
Vermont Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Still too early to assess results

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It looks like your breasts haven't settled yet into a more natural position. This generally takes three to four months, or longer if you don't have much of your own natural breast tissue and your skin is tight. 

10 weeks post op, fear I may have snoopy deformity or early Capsular Contracture, Maybe implant needs to drop?

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It is completely understandable to be concerned but rest assured that your breasts will heal at different times and the implants will settle each on their own time schedule.  I would suggest that at 10 weeks that you should have been doing some implant massage and laying on the implants to help them settle as it does seem that they are still riding high.  I would schedule a follow up visit with your surgeon for an assessment and their recommendations for massage as each surgeon has their own protocol.  You can also see if the ASPEN protocol is available anywhere in your area. That is a special system of breast massage, ultrasound, and bandaging to help with swelling and healing after breast augmentation. Good luck!

Megan Jack, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Breast asymmetry 10 weeks after breast augmentation

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It does not appear that you have a snoopy breast deformity or capsular contracture. Massage and compression of the breast implant may help with settling and shaping of your left breast. The breast shape will continue to change even beyond 10 weeks. If there is no significant change to your shape after 6 months, discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon. At that time a modification to your left pocket dimensions may help to improve your asymmetry. Thanks for sharing your photos and questions. Best wishes.

Gregory Park, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 178 reviews

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