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Synmastia is a condition where a patient’s breast implant crosses the midline of the chest resulting in the loss of the distinct cleavage area. The skin is often lifted up from the breastbone (sternum) which is normally firmly attached. This can result in a very unnatural appearance and something that is particularly troublesome for most patients when it occurs.  Many patients refer to this as a “Uni-boob.”

Synmastia breast

Synmastia breast Synmastia

The surgical correction of this problem is very difficult. This can be approached in several different ways by attempting to close down space in the midline to help separate the implants on each side creating a more natural appearance. This can be done by tightening the capsule commonly known as a capsulorrhaphy. This technique is largely dependent upon the patient’s healing and tissue. More often than not, the implants are too large for the patient’s frame or there was over-aggressive dissection during a previous procedure. Keeping the attachments of the patient’s pectoralis muscle is of paramount importance to prevent the complication from happening. The correction of this involves the re-attaching of the skin to the covering of the breastbone or moving the implant to a different location (above or below the muscle) to help re-establish the new position of the breast implant on the chest. Recently, Allergan developed a product called SERI Surgical Scaffold which is a silk hammock that can help to reinforce a surgical repair leading to more predictable results. Especially, if a patient has had problems with the quality of their skin.

San Diego Breast Implant Revision

San Diego Breast Implant Revision Post-op 4 months

Frequently, a patient will be required to wear a compression garment in the center of their chest – commonly a “thong bra.” This helps to encourage the surgically reattached tissue to adhere to the underlying breastbone. Recovery from this surgery frequently takes 4-6 weeks to ensure the tissues are fully healed.

Synmastia Correction Del Mar

Synmastia Correction Del Mar Correction of Cleavage Zone

If you are suffering from synmastia or loss of cleavage, contact our San Diego office at 858-638-9800 to schedule your complimentary in-person consultation to see what options are right for you.

*The content in this blog is developed to spread the awareness towards plastic surgery. Our blog is not intended to serve as a replacement for an actual in-office consultation with Dr. Marin. As such, the information within this blog reflects the unique cases of our individual patients.

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TO OUR MARIN AESTHETICS PATIENTS:

In light of the state wide restrictions on non-essential businesses to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are rescheduling all of our elective appointments until the global circumstances improve. Our necessary post-operative appointments will be made, as needed, to address immediate surgical concerns such as suture removal and acute postoperative issues. All non-acute follow up appointments, fillers and Botox will need to be postponed until after the quarantine period mid April. Our office will reach out to all patients who need to be rescheduled.

We will be offering new patient virtual consultations online and via Skype that can be scheduled through our website or by emailing info@marinaesthetics.com. Also, we will offer follow-up appointments in the same manner to help manage our patients’ concerns while still respecting the need for social distancing.

We appreciate all of your understanding during these difficult times for all of us.

Stay safe,

Dr. Main and the Marin Aesthetics Team