What You Should Know About Preventing & Correcting Symmastia

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What You Should Know About Preventing & Correcting Symmastia

The goal of every plastic surgery is to leave the patient with stunning results that improve their appearance and self-confidence. Unfortunately there are times when complications arise. These complications can leave the patient with results that are unsatisfactory or embarrassing. When this occurs, breast revision surgery is often needed to correct mistakes made by less experienced doctors or complications caused by unforeseeable circumstances. One such complication that can arise from breast augmentation surgery is a condition known as Symmastia. Here is what every breast surgery patient should know about preventing and correcting Symmastia:

What Is Symmastia And What Are Its Causes?

Symmastia is a condition in which breasts cross the midline of the chest and appear to merge into one breast with no space left between them. This occurs when the skin and muscle between the breasts detaches and the two pockets of tissue merge together and form one pocket, allowing breast implants to merge together in the middle.

Symmastia has two possible causes. The first cause is congenital, which means you are born with the condition. The second cause is iatrogenic, or acquired, which is a complication resulting from breast surgery. Both forms of Symmastia are quite rare. Symmastia as a result of breast augmentation occurs in only about 1-2% of patients. The symptoms associated with Symmastia are usually cosmetic. But the condition may also cause pain and discomfort in the breasts.

Symmastia may occur after breast augmentation surgery because of:

  • Too much pressure from the implants
  • Use of implants that are too large for the patient’s body
  • Use of larger implants that did not have a large enough pocket created for support
  • Too much tissue was removed too close to the sternum during augmentation
  • Inexperienced surgeons mistakenly positioning the implants improperly or with a poor technique

A Major Myth About Symmastia

A common myth associated with Symmastia is that the condition is caused by implants that are too large. It is true that this condition can be caused by larger breast implants that are not properly placed and positioned. But large breast implants that are properly positioned during surgery do not cause Symmastia. Larger implants do require larger pockets. This means a larger implant size may be a contributing factor to an increased risk of Symmastia when the breast augmentation procedure is performed by an inexperienced surgeon. Another common myth associated with Symmastia is that thin or small-framed women have an increased risk of developing Symmastia.

The final truth: Experience matters when choosing a breast augmentation surgeon. Choose a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Rieger who is recognized throughout the industry as a best breast plastic surgeon.

There Is A Solution To Symmastia!

The good news is you don’t have to continue to live with the embarrassing and uncomfortable effects of Symmastia. While Symmastia is very rare, when it does occur it can be corrected with breast implant revision surgery. However, correcting Symmastia can be difficult. So it is important to choose an experienced board certified plastic surgeon to perform your breast revision surgery. Every case of Symmastia is different, so the approach Dr. Rieger will use to correct your Symmastia will be customized to your needs.

Dr. Rieger Helps Patients From Around The World Restore Their Appearance & Confidence With Breast Implant Revision Surgery

If you believe you have Symmastia and would like to have it diagnosed or treated, contact Hyde Park Cosmetic Surgery Center today to schedule your breast revision surgery consultation with Dr. Rieger. Dr. Rieger is known across the world for his excellence in breast reconstructive and plastic surgery. You can call us at (813) 254-7600 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.