Q&A: WHEN I LAY DOWN MY CHEST IS FLAT AND IMPLANTS FALL TO THE OUTSIDES. IS THAT NORMAL?

"Its been over a year since my BA. I still would like them larger but that’s another matter. When I lay down on my back, my implants fall to the sides of my chest and upward to my armpits. Can I have unintentionally widen out the pockets? Is this fixable? Should I even be concern about this because it’s the norm? Can the pockets be made smaller so they don’t go where they shouldn’t?"

 

DR. POUSTI: Implants Falling into the armpit.

Yes, this happens to many patients…. yes, it is fixable. The procedure is called capsulorrhaphy (internal bra) when a surgeon would go in and place permanent sutures to improve the implant placement on the patient’s chest wall. Not all surgeon’s do this procedure so please check the experience of the surgeon you go to. You may be able to increase the implant size at the same time (1 surgical procedure) but without examination, it’s difficult to say. Recovery is key for this procedure as you will need to limit arm movement and lifting for a longer period of time so that the surgical repair heals.

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