Internal Bra Technique for Bottoming Out,
|Photos show a 32 year old out of state patient with bottoming out and a wide gap, at pre-op and six weeks post-op. An Internal Bra procedure was performed, along with an implant exchange from 275cc moderate plus profile silicone gel to 325cc moderate plus profile silicone gel.|
Bottoming out is present when one or both implants are positioned too low or too lateral on the chest wall in relation to the nipple position. This means that the pocket, or capsule, surrounding the implant has become too low on the chest wall or rests too far laterally when lying down.
|Bottoming Out: Example 1||Bottoming Out: Example 2|
This may represent overdissection of the pocket in the region of the inframammary crease during surgery, cutting of the lower portion of the pectoralis muscle, or may occur naturally over time and under the effects of gravity in patients with implants that are placed above the muscle or only subpectorally (partially submuscular) when compared to total submuscular placement of breast implants.
Double bubble (shown below) is present when there is a groove along the breast below the nipple giving the appearance of the breast sitting on top of the implant. This is sometimes observed in patients with bottoming out. The groove represents the old inframammary crease that has actually lifted off of the chest wall and allowed the implant to slip out from underneath the breast.
|Double Bubble: Example 1||Double Bubble: Example 2|
Most patients report that they have a hanging or heavy sensation because of lack of support for the implant. This may also be accompanied by a mild discomfort or a real pain. Rippling may be present as well because of the thinned tissues along the bottom of the breast.
Bottoming out is usually diagnosed by the patient or by a plastic surgeon. An experienced plastic surgeon should be able to diagnose bottoming out from photos alone.
When diagnosing yourself, in addition to the heavy or uncomfortable feeling, you may also notice a worsening of your implant position in relation to your nipple position. This may cause the appearance to be unattractive and even uncomfortable when wearing no bra. Because the implants hang too low, you may not be comfortable going braless. You may need to wear a pushup bra to correctly position your implants or to keep them from falling far apart and even into your armpits when lying down.
Proper implant position means that the nipple is centered on the center of the breast implant. If more of the implant rests below the nipple than above the nipple, then you have bottoming out.
Unfortunately in Dr. Revis' experience, he has found that the Internal Bra procedure is required to correct bottoming out. Bottoming out is a progressive disorder that generally gets worse over time as the effects of gravity cause the implant to sag within the tissue envelope of the breast. The heavy or uncomfortable feeling usually also worsens with progression of the bottoming out.
Switching to smaller implants alone will not correct bottoming out. The new implants will still sink to the bottom of the pocket, taking even more volume away from the upper pole fullness. In my experience the only true, long term correction for bottoming out is an Internal Bra procedure.
To correct bottoming out, Dr. Revis performs the Internal Bra procedure. Using special lighted retractors, Dr. Revis expands the implant pockets (capsulotomy) superiorly and medially, creating room for the implants to be repositioned at a higher level, creating better cleavage, a more youthful shape, and improved fullness in the upper pole of the breast.
Dr. Revis then closes part of the pocket that rests laterally and inferiorly, thus preventing the implants from resting too low or falling too laterally to the sides. Dr. Revis uses permanent sutures for a long-lasting result. These sutures are carefully placed so that the suture material is never in direct contact with the implants inside the body.
|Photos show a 26 year old international patient with bottoming out and rippling, at pre-op and twelve weeks post-op. An Internal Bra procedure was performed and Strattice placed bilaterally, in addition to an implant exchange from 700cc high profile silicone gel to 800cc ultra high profile silicone gel.|
With Dr. Revis' technique, he has found that after the Internal Bra is fully healed (around 12 weeks), it usually lasts for many, many years. This truly anatomical correction places the tissues back in their proper orientation, the way the body was designed. The patient below is one example of an excellent long term result.
|Photos show a 28 year old patient with bottoming out, at pre-op and 9 years post-op, with no change of implant size, demonstrating the excellent long term support provided by the Internal Bra procedure.|
Absolutely. Approximately 40% of patients who undergo the Internal Bra procedure keep the same size implants, 40% increase the size of their implants, and the remaining 20% reduce the size of their implants. The size/weight of the implants has no relationship to the success or the long-lasting nature of the bottoming out correction with the Internal Bra technique when it is performed correctly with permanent sutures.
Synmastia (shown below) is present when one or both implants are positioned too close to the midline over the breastbone (sternum). This means that the pockets, or capsules, surrounding the implants are too medially placed. Please see Synmastia / Symmastia for more information on this complex issue.
Please click the links below to review pre- and post-operative photos of the Internal Bra procedure, as well as numerous examples of other breast implant problems.
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