What is symmastia?
Symmastia is when one or both breasts cross the midline of the chest. This can make it appear as if there is no gap between the two breasts.
There are two different types of symmastia. There is congenital, which means you were born with it. The second is iatrogenic, otherwise known as acquired.
This is a rare occurrence which is mainly cosmetic; it generally does not cause any physical symptoms or cause any secondary health conditions.
What causes symmastia?
There is no known cause for congenital symmastia.
Iatrogenic symmastia is generally caused by a previous breast procedure which has been performed incorrectly. In most cases, the implants will have been oversized or positioned incorrectly. In some cases, the symmastia will be visible immediately, while for others it will be more noticeable once the post-operative swelling goes down.
To correct symmastia, you will need to undergo surgery.
Am I a suitable candidate for surgery?
To undergo symmastia correction, you will need to be diagnosed with symmastia and dislike the appearance.
You will need to be at least 18 years old to undergo symmastia correction. You will not be able to have surgery before your breasts have fully matured.
You will need to be at a stable weight.
Prior to undergoing the procedure, you will need to meet with one of the surgeons to have a consultation. They will be able to assess whether or not you are a suitable candidate for this position.
What does surgery involve?
Both procedures will be performed under a general anaesthetic, which means you will not be awake for the procedure.
The surgical procedure will vary depending on which type of symmastia you have.
Congenital symmastia is more difficult to treat. The surgeon will mark out the skin. The skin will then either be removed through excision or liposuction. The exact method will vary depending on the type of symmastia.
Iatrogenic symmastia is somewhat easier to treat. Again, the exact method will vary depending on the appearance of the breasts and the symmastia. The surgical procedure will involve removing the scar tissue and repositioning the breast implants. Some people may wish to alter the size of the implants during this procedure, particularly if the cause of the symmastia was oversized implants.
What will the recovery period be like?
It is normal to experience some redness, bruising and swelling following symmastia correction. For the first few days, you may also feel some pain and discomfort; you may wish to take pain medication to help with any symptoms.
You will need to wear a compression garment which will work to support the breasts and reduce any swelling.
You will need to avoid any strenuous physical activities for at least four weeks.
You will have to attend post-operative appointments with your surgeon. This will give them the chance to assess your recovery and give you the chance to have any concerns answered.
Are you interested in symmastia correction? This is a procedure that London Lipo Institute currently offers. Contact us today to find out more or to book a consultation.