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Am I Bottoming Out After Breast Augmentation?

mong the most satisfied plastic surgery patients are those who have had a breast augmentation. Having your breasts enhanced can be incredibly rewarding. However, no surgery is without risk and complications and untoward outcomes can occur. One example of a relatively uncommon implant related “complication” is “bottoming out,” which results in a noticeable alteration of the appearance of the breasts.

Breast revision surgery can correct this bottoming out, improving one’s breast augmentation results.

Breast Revision Before and After PhotosWhat Is Bottoming Out?

Bottoming out occurs when a breast implant slips downward from where it was initially placed. One or both implants may descend on the chest, often triggered by gravity, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, poor bra support, aging, trauma, and/or skin stretching. This is usually a gradual process that occurs over time. It is more likely to happen in patients whose implants are too large in proportion to their natural breast tissue, but it can also occur when there is surgical over-dissection of the breast pocket or a disruption of supportive structures at the bottom of the breast.

How to Recognize Bottoming Out

You can recognize bottoming out by one or more of the following symptoms:

What Should I Do if I’m Bottoming Out?

If you think that one or both of your implants are bottoming out, schedule a consultation in order to evaluate your situation. If your breast surgeon is a board-certified plastic surgeon who you are comfortable with and is skilled in breast revision surgery, consider having him/her perform your surgery. However, if you lack confidence in your original surgeon, feel that he/she used a poor technique that led to your bottoming out, or he/she is not a board-certified plastic surgeon, you should find a new and reputable plastic surgeon.

How Breast Revision Surgery Will Help

As a board certified and highly experienced breast surgeon, Dr. Turkeltaub understands the risks of breast augmentation and is prepared to resolve any complications or undesirable results that may have occurred. He has extensive experience in breast revision surgery including in situations where bottoming out has occurred.

To resolve the issue, Dr. Turkeltaub will directly address the specific issues causing the deformity. This may include removal of excess skin, recreating an appropriately sized and positioned breast pocket, recreating tissue support, and even recommending to reduce the size of your implants if they are inappropriately too large for your anatomy. After your breast revision, your implants will be in a higher and more desirable position, and your breasts configured to result in a more natural and attractive appearance.

Bottoming out, double bubble, capsular contracture, and other implant complications can prevent you from enjoying your breast augmentation results. Breast revision surgery can correct these issues and restore beautiful breasts. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Turkeltaub, please call (480) 451-3000 or complete our online contact form today.