Symmastia Repair after Breast Augmentation
By Sheryl Pilcher on December 18, 2015
Symmastia is a rare complication of breast augmentation. The condition causes the skin between your breasts to pull away from your sternum, causing a “uniboob” effect. Though it will not compromise health, symmastia can cause patients to feel self-conscious about their appearance, and it will certainly affect the look of the implants. Choosing an experienced plastic surgeon for your breast augmentation is the easiest way to avoid symmastia. However, if you have undergone surgery elsewhere, Dr. Pilcher can perform a revision procedure. She may use one of several techniques, depending on the original placement of your implants. Following your surgery, you will enjoy natural looking cleavage and an overall improved figure. To learn more about breast augmentation and symmastia, contact our San Antonio, TX practice today.
What Is Symmastia?
Symmastia occurs when the connective tissues in your chest are compromised, and the skin above your sternum starts to raise up. This will give your breasts a loaf-like appearance so that they look like a single unit. Some women suffer from congenital symmastia, but poor implant placement is the most common reason for this effect. When placing implants, your doctor will create a pocket in each breast. If he or she places the two pockets too close to the midline of your chest, it may weaken or tear the connective tissue. This is most likely to occur if your surgeon places implants over your pectoral muscle (subglandular placement), rather than under the muscle.
How to Reduce Your Risk for Symmastia
Despite popular belief, large implants do not cause symmastia. The condition is also not more likely to affect smaller framed women. Rather, symmastia is usually the result of poor surgical techniques. In rare cases, women may develop a “uniboob” years after surgery as they age and their skin begins to stretch.
The easiest way to reduce your risk for symmastia is to select a qualified surgeon. When you undergo treatment from an experienced practitioner, the risk of symmastia is virtually negligible. For the last 15 years, Dr. Pilcher has focused exclusively on plastic surgery. She has been named among the Top Doctors by S.A. Scene magazine. As a female plastic surgeon, Dr. Pilcher truly understand the goals and concerns of her breast augmentation patients. She will provide stunning, natural effects that enhance your overall figure.
If you are suffering from symmastia after undergoing breast augmentation at another practice, Dr. Pilcher can provide appropriate treatment. In many cases, she will remove your subglandular implants and place them underneath your pectoral muscle. If desired, you can choose a different shape or material for your implants. If your implants are already located under the muscle, Dr. Pilcher may create a neosubpectoral pocket. It will be located between your muscle and the old pocket. The strong, uncompromised tissue surrounding the new pocket will keep symmastia from recurring.
Contact Accent Plastic Surgery for a Consultation
Do not suffer from the effects of symmastia. Contact Accent Plastic Surgery to find out how a revision procedure can improve your appearance and self-confidence.
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