Symmastia is a rare condition that occurs when web-like soft tissue traverses the sternum, causing the breasts to migrate too far toward the midline. This condition is also commonly referred to as breadloafing or uni-boob. It can occur congenitally meaning the person is born with it or it can develop after breast surgery. Thin women seem to be more prone to develop Symmastia after breast augmentation than others, since they typically have less tissue or fat covering the sternum.
Symmastia can occur after breast augmentation surgery as a result of implants being placed too close together (usually in an attempt to increase cleavage). Symmastia can also occur when an implant that is too large for the patient’s body is used, particularly if the patient has thin skin. This can cause the skin to pull away from the chest bone, reducing and even eliminating normal cleavage. Women who exhibit pectus excavatum (caved-in appearance of the chest) are also more at risk for developing Symmastia. The risk is heightened if the surgeon is not experienced with placing implants in women who have chest wall abnormalities. A depressed breastbone can cause implants to slope inward, putting more pressure on the tissue in that region, which can lead to Symmastia.
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How Do I Fix Symmastia?
While Symmastia is the least common complication associated with cosmetic breast augmentation surgery, it does happen occasionally. It may not be apparent right after surgery. Symmastia symptoms can appear anywhere from a few days to a few months post-op.
The good news is, it can be corrected. Patients often come to our clinic in Houston to fix Symmastia due to Dr. Clayton Moliver’s expertise in this procedure. Dr. Moliver has performed numerous Symmastia corrective procedures on patients who underwent a previous breast augmentation elsewhere. Correcting Symmastia usually involves revision of the breast pocket to prevent the implant from shifting across the midline, as well as suturing of the tissue with permanent structures to hold the implants in place. Often Dr. Moliver uses specialized tissue called Acellular Dermal Matrix or ADMs named either Strattice or Belladerm to correct the problem.
In the video below, Dr. Moliver takes us into the operating room to walk us through the process of a typical Symmastia correction procedure. If you are interested in fixing this issue or learning more about details on Symmastia Repair in Houston, please call 281.282.9555 now or fill out the form above.