Female Model with Breast ImplantsMost women who get breast implants can go many years, sometimes even decades, without a single problem. But for the small majority of women with issues, breast implant malposition is a common reason for a surgical procedure known as breast revision. If you suffer from malposition, the boar-certified doctors of MP Plastic Surgery can help you get beautiful and natural-looking breasts with revision surgery.

What Is Breast Implant Malposition?

During breast augmentation, your surgeon will create a pocket behind the breast where the implant will sit. This is called, appropriately, the breast pocket. Usually, the body will form a protective capsule of soft scar tissue around the implant to hold it in place. However, the implant can become loose, fall out of pocket, or shift. The implant can then move to one side or sit too high or too low. It is called breast implant malposition when this happens, but it is correctable with breast revision. If your implants are out of place or one implant is higher than the other, you can achieve youthful and natural-looking breasts with breast revision surgery.

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What Are Common Reasons for Implant Malposition?

These are 4 of the most common reasons why implants can become malpositioned.

4 Common Reasons for Breast Implant Malposition

1. Capsular Contracture

Probably the most common cause of malposition is capsular contracture. Above, we mentioned how the body forms a soft shell of scar tissue around the implant. In some cases, this shell can harden and contract. This can force the implant up or to the side and out of position. Capsular contracture is one of the most common reasons for breast revision.

2. Not Enough Healing

Everyone’s body heals differently and at different rates. Breast implants are often positioned higher on the chest wall during the procedure. This allows them to “drop” into place, which can happen anywhere between 3 to 6 months or up to a year. But another potential cause of high malposition is if the patient wears a bra with an underwire during the healing process. The wire can “squeeze” the bottom of the breast pocket and force the implant up.

3. Size of the Implant

Low malposition is when the implant sits too low. Larger implants have more risk of this happening because they can thin out the bottom of the breast pocket.

4. Body Shape

Another cause of malposition is the shape of the patient’s ribs. In some cases, the surgeon can create a perfect breast pocket, but the ribs will force the implants out of the way. This issue is still easily correctable with revision surgery.

Breast Implant Displacement Symptoms

Breast implant displacement, or malposition, can cause physical symptoms affecting your breasts’ appearance and health. Common symptoms include:

  • Asymmetrical breasts
  • Rippling or bulging on the surface of the skin
  • Unnatural nipple placement or asymmetry
  • Pain in the chest or breast area
  • Other changes to sensation in either the breasts themselves or in the surrounding tissues

Additionally, improper placement of implants may result in an inability to produce milk properly if breastfeeding is desired in the future.

Why Patients Work with Dr. Max for Breast Revision

If you suffer from breast asymmetry or your implants flipped after a mastectomy, visit Dr. Max for restorative help with your breasts. Dr. Max is an experienced surgeon for correcting implant displacement, and our patients love his calm and reassuring nature. We know that undergoing another procedure is not what you wanted. But Dr. Max will ensure you are comfortable and confident at every step of the process at our beautiful office.

Dr. Max Is Your Ideal Choice for Breast Revision Surgery

If your breast implants are out of place, if they have ruptured, or even if you suspect that they are leaking, make sure that you schedule a consultation today. We would love to talk with you about how we can help restore your implants to their proper place. You can also read through some of the fantastic patient reviews and view our gallery of before and after pictures to experience Dr. Max’s work for yourself.

If you have any questions or if you are ready to learn more about breast revision, contact our Forth Worth office at (817) 529-9199.