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4 Types of Breast Implant Malposition and How Revision Can Help

Breast implant malposition refers to any instance in which the breast implants move out of their intended position. Most breast augmentation patients hope the day never comes when their implants become shifted out of place, and understandably so. However, with a good understanding of the types of malposition, you can catch the issue early on and head to your surgeon for revision surgery if needed.

1. Riding High

When breast implants become pushed upward from the implant pocket, they are called ‘riding high.’ This position looks fairly unnatural and is normally obvious to the patient after breast augmentation.

2. Bottoming Out

Bottoming out occurs when the implants drop out of their intended pocket, causing the upper breast to lose fullness and distorting the inframammary fold.

3. Lateral Slide to Armpits

A lateral slide or lateral displacement occurs when the implants move horizontally toward your armpits. The breasts will appear unusually far apart.

4. Synmastia

Synmastia is the condition of the breast implants being too close together, the opposite of a lateral slide to the armpits. The breasts may be touching or the skin between the breasts may be lifted.

How Revision Surgery Helps

If you notice your breast implants becoming shifted to an unintended position, you should visit a breast implant revision surgeon. During revision surgery, your surgeon will reposition the implant before securing the implant pocket with sutures, or create a new implant pocket resulting in a symmetrical, natural appearance. The exact approach taken for your revision surgery depends upon the circumstances of your condition.