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Chest wall asymmetries and deformities and Breast Augmentation

By: Dr. Glenn Lyle


pectus excavatum deformity

pre op

Preoperative photograph showing pectus excavatum deformity

Breast augmentation with symmetric breasts is a fairly routine procedure.  The plastic surgeon must take account of asymmetries which are very common.  Careful measurements of  the sternal notch to nipple distance and breast diameter is part of a thoughtful preoperative plan.  These asymmetries  must be pointed out to the patient.  Often, patients are unaware that there are differences in the breasts will be disappointed as augmentation may magnify these differences.  Augmentation alone may not overcome asymmetries.  Even with breast volume asymmetry, getting the exact volume correction is very difficult.  Asymmetric nipples will not be equalized in many cases and sometimes require mastopexy.  Many women exhibit asymmetries of the contour of the chest wall.  One such abnormality is the pectus excavatum deformity also known as funnel chest.  In this deformity the sternum has a concavity which can be quite severe or more subtle.  In the absence of surgical correction of this,  it is difficult for a breast augmentation to mask this abnormality.

This 25 year-old woman desired modest improvement in her breast size.  She did have pectus excavatum deformity as well as breast asymmetry with the right breast being smaller .She underwent bilateral submuscular breast augmentation with silicone gel implants. The right side had a 275 cc moderate profile device.  The left side,  which was larger, had a 210 cc moderate profile device.  The patient was very happy with the improvement.

Pectus excavatum

Postoperative image after placement of breast implants

pectus excavatum deformity

after image. Right fold required internal suturing to accent it. It will soften with time

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.