Summary: Symmetry is an important facet of overall aesthetic beauty. So it’s no surprise that when it comes to breast augmentation procedures, symmetry is an important factor. New Jersey breast augmentation patients probably have a different experience with this than California breast augmentation patients, because methods for protecting post-op symmetry vary with the surgeon and with the facility. Read on to get a taste of what different doctors do during your recovery to protect your results.
Two Sides of a Coin
Symmetry is important. It’s long been one of the defining characteristics of beauty, especially in the face (though, perfect symmetry can be a little uncanny, and therefore off-putting). Yet, life sometimes gets in the way of symmetry. After all, no one is born with arms and legs that are exactly the same length (they’re usually off by a few millimeters to a few centimeters). A little asymmetry never hurt anyone, but a lot of asymmetry can be seen as quite the negative thing.
Symmetry and Breast Augmentation
This is especially true when it comes to breast augmentation. It would seem fairly straightforward to get this right—the implants that are inserted as part of a breast enhancement procedure are themselves symmetrical, so surely the breasts afterward would be symmetrical as well. What could possibly go wrong?
Unsurprisingly, breast augmentation isn’t quite that easy or simple. First of all, plastic surgeons aren’t starting with a level playing field. Natural breasts are about as symmetrical as your arms and legs (in some cases, even less so). This is something that your plastic surgeon needs to take into account, as any asymmetry might be exacerbated by the larger end breast size.
Protecting Your Assets
Additionally, there are things that can happen during recovery. As the implant makes a home for itself in the breast, it carves out a kind of envelope in which it sits between layers of muscle. Sometimes, during this process, the muscle sacs can turn out to be different sizes (sometimes due to scar tissue, sometimes due to the mysteries of nature). If this impacts results to a large degree, breast revision surgery may be required to correct the problem.
The Shoelace Solution
However, a plastic surgeon in Laguna Beach, California, developed a novel solution to this problem. When the doctor detected the beginning of asymmetry, he would use a few shoelaces and wrap them from the neck, underneath the breast, and around the back—tied in a complex fashion—to keep the breasts in the optimal position while those muscle pockets develop around the new implants. Inspired by the type of cast and sling one might be confined to after a broken bone, the doctor who developed the procedure has reported excellent results, and wrote of the technique in Aesthetic Surgery Journal.
More Traditional… And More Expensive
The shoelace approach has some definite advantages, not the least of which is cost. A shoelace is a $3.00 tool. More traditional approaches to keeping the breasts secure and safeguarding the results include the use of a pressure garment. This garment usually is placed underneath the breasts and is often recommended to be worn for several weeks after surgery. But, of course, specially designed pressure garments are quite expensive, and they don’t always allow the flexibility of something like a shoelace, which allows the wearer to shower, for example, and to monitor the results quite vividly.
The technique for safeguarding your results is, of course, up to you and your plastic surgeon. In the end, maintaining symmetry is one of the critical functions of your recovery period. However that is accomplished, it’s the results of that technique that matter.
Preserve Your Symmetry
Now, if symmetry is not preserved, if something—as rarely happens—goes wrong, your next option is something called breast revision surgery. Of course, that’s a very broad term for a set of procedures designed to alleviate a wide range of issues with breast augmentations—this can include anything from the asymmetry described above to a simple desire to change the size of the implants. The breast revision surgery is also slightly less taxing than the initial breast augmentation, often because those muscle pockets already exist.
Refrain From Dancing… At Least for a Bit
As always, you should stay in touch with your plastic surgeon and follow the recovery directions explicitly. With many modern pain mitigation techniques, and with how non-invasive modern breast augmentation procedures are, many people often assume that they’re ready for prime time (that is, ready to go out dancing) before their recovery is completely finished. In fact, stories of women going out dancing on the same day as their operation, while rare, are not unheard of.
It’s important to note that recovery instructions must be followed. Your body needs the rest, and you must protect your results. Symmetry, after all, is such a vital component of beauty.