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Symmastia Correction – What is Symmastia?
Symmastia also commonly referred to as ‘uni-boob’ is a rare condition when the breasts come too close to the midline over the breastbone which causes a weblike appearance. The condition could be congenital (occurs from birth) or could be the cause of breast augmentation or other chest surgeries.
Congenital symmastia can have an impact on people’s self-esteem making them self-conscious. Many have reported to experience mild discomfort in the midline. This usually happens when the pockets for implants are over-dissected in the region of the cleavage leading to an opening in the middle of the breasts.
The condition has to be tackled with corrective surgical approach such as symmastia correction surgery.
In the cosmetic surgery field, symmastia is known to be quite a difficult condition to treat and can even recur. The aim of the symmastia correction must be to create a gap between the breasts and the implant pockets to be securely closed off.
There are various techniques for symmastia correction:
- Allogenic dermal grafting
- Fibrin-based tissue glue
- Adjusting the implants
In most cases, the breast implant pockets are opened to reduce the pressure on the cleavage.
Firstly, the implants are removed to allow a raw surface for placement of sutures with precision, which helps accurately reduce the over-dissected implant pockets. Once the implants are placed in a satisfactory position, additional sutures will be needed to placed for reinforcement of the repair.
All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with symmastia correction.
We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age.
Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.
Symmastia correction is performed purely for cosmetic purposes, to help improve one’s image and self-esteem.
- For those who previously had breast implants placed and has moved to the centre of the chest
- Also for those whose implants are too large and a tissue failure has occured
- It is also suitable for those who were born with the condition
The consultation begins by having an opportunity to discuss your ideas, concerns and expectations about the breast reduction procedure with your surgeon, and ask any relevant questions you may have.
Your breast augmentation surgeon will:
- Take a focused history and examine you
- Explain the symmastia correction procedure
- Take your needs and preferences into account when deciding on the most appropriate treatment option for you
After the surgery, the patient will be instructed to wear a t-back sports bra for at least two months to aid with the recovery and to assist in stabilising the corrected area. Following your revision surgery, you should be able to see immediate results in the appearance of your breasts. You will be recommended to wear a compression bra for the first few days following your surgery to help reduce swelling and discomfort.
Within a few weeks time your breasts should have a naturally symmetrical placement of the breastbone on each side, giving a more defined cleavage with improvement in the appearance of your breasts.
What is symmastia?
Symmastia is a very rare breast implant complication that occurs when one or both implants move too close to the midline of the breastbone, which can be accompanied by mild discomfort.
Am I a good candidate for symmastia correction surgery?
Symmastia correction is ideal for those who previously had breast implants placed and has moved to the centre of the chest and it is also suitable for those who were born with the condition.
How is symmastia correction performed?
In most cases the implants are removed to allow a raw surface for placement of sutures with precision, which helps accurately reduce the over-dissected implant pockets. Once the implants are placed in a satisfactory position, additional sutures will be needed to placed for reinforcement of the repair.
Is the result going to be ?
Yes, symmastia can be ly corrected.
Can I replace my implants to bigger ones when I have the revision surgery?
Yes you can as the size or weight of the implants does not affect the long-lasting nature of symmastia correction.
Will I need to wear a compression garment?
Yes you will be required to wear a post-operation bra for the first few days following your surgery to reduce swelling as well as promote faster healing.