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What causes high-riding breast implants?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
In the case of "high-riding" breast implants, the doctor positions the implants in too high. The most common cause of this problem is when the muscle is not accurately released along the sternum or the lower fold during surgery. The implants don't fall into the correct position and are therefore too high. This may result in the patient looking like she has a more masculine chest. As you can imagine, most patients are very dissatisfied with this result and unhappy with their appearance.

This is another example of why not to use the trans-axillary (under the arm) or the trans-umbilical (through the belly button) approach. The results of improper placements from these approaches can leave patients very dissatisfied with the outcome, requiring a second or even a third surgery. The operation necessary to correct this problem will involve releasing and lowering the fold to allow the implant to fall into a natural position.
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