When having a breast implant augmentation procedure, avoiding breast implant malposition is crucial for the best and most natural-looking and feeling results. Board-certified plastic surgeon and breast augmentation specialist Dr. Arian Mowlavi shares his aftercare below for breast implants to avoid breast implant malposition.
At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute, Dr. Mowlavi uses a breast implant augmentation breast band for his implant patients to keep implants down and on top of the inframammary crease. Intraoperatively, the implants are placed under the pectoralis muscle, but they are in an unfavorable position, under the pec, and tighter at the bottom than the top (subclavicular).
Implants have a propensity to want to lift to the larger space up high since it is tighter at the bottom and there is more space up top. This propensity is guarded against by avoiding unnecessary surgical dissection up high.
To avoid breast implant malposition, you also want to avoid sleeping on your belly. Sleeping in that position will push your breasts up. Also, it is important to avoid the use of your arms and pecs, as early use of your arms and pecs– before your breast capsule position is stabilized, which will squeeze your implants up.
Once the natural scar tissue around the implant forms, malpositioning of the implant is avoided since your stabilized implant positions forbid movement. This occurs over the first two weeks.
So the breast band is your savior over the first two weeks until the capsule forms. The breast band acts like a fence or blockade that avoids implant elevation; The problem with conventional breast bands is that they rub against your armpit causing it to chafe.
We at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute created the mermaid breast band that contains a cut out in the armpit region thus avoiding chafing. We had a problem with noncompliance of patients not wearing it for the two week period that we eliminated.
The 18-year-old patient you see here is another breast implant augmentation patient who did not experience breast implant malposition as they followed our post-care instructions and wore their mermaid breast band for the first two weeks of recovery.