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Implant bottom out

11th Oct 2016

Many men and women alike consider big breasts to be sexier and more appealing; hence, many women choose to make their breasts bigger with the help of implants. While in the past there was controversy around this procedure, it has been proven and demonstrated scientifically that there is no relation between breast implants and breast cancer or other serious afflictions. Nowadays, the breast enhancement procedure is one of the most wanted plastic surgery interventions worldwide.

Breast enhancement is perfect for all those women who want to increase the volume of their breasts or to change their shape. The effects of this type of cosmetic surgery procedure are improved self-esteem, a boost of confidence, and pleasure looking in the mirror—at least, this is what patients who have had it done are saying.

But what are some of the complications that can occur after a breast enhancement procedure?

Aside from the complications that can occur after any kind of surgery, like bleeding, infections, or hematoma, in the case of breast augmentation, there are some specific complications that can occur. One such complication is implant bottom out, also known as breast implant displacement, in which the implant sinks lower on the chest.

How does the implant bottom out occur?

The submuscular implant pocket made by the surgeon can fail to maintain the implant in place due to a loss of tissue support in the lower part of the breast. While there are ways for the surgeon to make sure bottom out will be prevented (as part of the implant placement in the muscular or submuscular tissue), it can still occur from time to time as a complication.

Over time, it has been demonstrated that this complication of breast surgery is highly related to the size of the implants used. The bigger the implants used, the higher the chances of the implants dropping downward on the chest. Also, there is a correlation between poor skin tone and the bottom out effect.

Implant bottom out can be repaired with the help of another intervention, but it is crucial to see your doctor as soon as you believe something is wrong or the implant has moved.

How to prevent bottom out:

First and foremost (we just can’t say this enough), it is essential to listen to your doctor’s recommendations regarding size. Breast implants that are too big for your body frame can cause all sorts of other complications in time.

While many patients with bottom out tend to blame it on the surgeon, in most cases it is a question of their implant size choices. Also, not following the doctor’s recommendations post-surgery can trigger different risks and complications that could have been kept at bay.

Remember, bigger breast implants mean a higher risk to bottom out, so ask your doctor for his honest opinion about the size.


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