I am noticing the formation of a double bubble. Am I Starting to Bottom Out? (photos)
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Breast Implant Double Bubble or Bottoming Out Repair- Wait 6 months
Thank you for your question. You do appear to have a Breast Implant Double Bubble on your photos.
When this happens you will need a surgical repair of your Inframammary Crease-the fold beneath your natural breast. Double Bubble rarely, if ever, heals on its own.
Of course consult your Plastic Surgeon about repair. Typically repair is done at 6 months after the Breast Augmentation to allow the full extent of the repair required to become fully evident.
Your breast implants are not bottoming out.
All breast implants will 'settle' a llittle in time.. Yours look just fine, and I would leave them alone. Going to a larger size sill not improve the appearance, and would be pretty big for your figure.
The 'double bubble' comes from putting large implants into a small breast. Bigger implants will make it worse or make the upper pole too prominent.
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Your implants seem to be bottoming out most likely due to migration of implants downward beyond the natural breast fold. The solution will be to remove the implants, repair and re-establish the natural breast fold by closure of the lower pockets using heavy, absorvable suture material. I do not reccomend going to larger size implants at this time because the excess weight of the implants may rupture the repair resulting in reccurrence of your problem.
Settling vs. Bottoming Out
From your photos, it appears that you have had settling of the implants, rather than bottoming out, which will cause the nipples to point too high.
The "double bubble" crease would be made worse by a larger implant. If it disturbs you enough to have further surgery, this can sometimes be improved. Best to consult your surgeon about that possibility, but allow about 6 months for all the tissues to settle first.
Bottomed out implants
Bottomed out implants are cases that I look forward to because I know how to fix them. It depends on the etiology of the failure and sometimes it is because of your tissues. Even in this case we are aware of how to fix the deformtiy. Your left side may have not been released enough internally to make that shadow of the fold go away but now that the fold is visible, you likely will need a revision surgery. I've not seen this settle out on it's own. Some may not have seen the fold that bad in your photos, but in their offices they would have. We all see/saw this sort of thing and usually don't like seeing it so either do it in Canada or in SA, but if yo're not sure about the result you can always go to another board certified plastic surgeon.
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Bottoming Out Breasts
Regarding: "Am I Starting to Bottom Out?
I think I may be bottoming out. I am noticing the formation of a double bubble. What is your opinion and how soon can I have a revision? I had my augmentation 13 weeks ago and I chose 400cc mod-plus silicone implants. Also, if I were to go about 100cc's bigger would it be likely to happen again? I am 5'2" and 110lbs. Thank you in advance for your response."
You do demonstrate mild bottoming out but the solution, if there is any, is NOT easy and is not in putting in even larger implants. You have an acceptable result in view of the significant asymmetry between the breasts and I would wait MUCH longer before tossing the dice again. Revision may result in a worse result.
Dr. Peter Aldea
It looks like you are bottoming out, and you may be better off downsizing and raising the fold back up as well.
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