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0 Comment February 8, 2017

Breast augmentation symmastia

Breast augmentation has its own set of risks and complications just like any other surgery. As a patient, being informed about the said complications that you might experience is good as you can easily know if you need to go back to your surgeon. Early detection plays a major role in treating complications that are associated with breast augmentation. In this video, I will give you an overview of the condition called symmastia.

Symmastia is a very rare complication of breast augmentation, and one of the most difficult to correct. Also called uniboob, it is a specific example of a post-operative problem requiring a thorough evaluation and complex surgical techniques. Symmastia is present when one or both implants are positioned too close to the midline over the sternum, which is the bone in the midline of the chest.

Symmastia is an implant pocket problem, not an implant problem. In my experience, the only true, long-term correction for symmastia is a revision surgery. I have had good results with creating a pocket between the capsule and the pectoralis muscle.

The perception that patients can have a surgical cleavage after breast augmentation is not totally accurate. Many times, the surgeon will attempt to recreate breast cleavage by dissecting the breast toward the midline. Particularly if you are under the muscle, the attachment of the muscle in the midline needs to be completely released. There are different grades of symmastia; in the worst, the breasts have one capsule that is continuous from one breast to the other.

You can diagnose yourself by noticing that your breasts touch in the middle, the skin has lifted off of the breastbone, and there is no separation of the breasts at the midline. You may notice that the breasts have no separation. In this situation, informing your surgeon must be on top of your priorities.

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