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Question: I had a prior breast augmentation and recently slipped during a routine exercise.  I now feel my right breast implant has moved!  What should I do?

Answer: After any traumatic event,  and a symptomatic change in a post-surgical breast you should always see your ABPS board-certified plastic surgeon.  I always want to see my breast implant patients after any trauma to the breast,  especially in the early postoperative period.    It takes greater than 8 weeks for 80% of scar strength to mature.   This is why I typically encourage patients to wear some type of supportive bra for the majority of the time the first 3 months –  while the immature scar is strengthening.    If your plastic surgeon used any form of suturing to control your pocket, or change the position of your breast fold – he or she might be concerned with a popped suture or suture pull through (cheese wire effect)  after any trauma or an event causing a slip/fall/muscle pull.  Your surgeon may simply want to further observe you, modify bra garment or taping protocol, get an MRI to rule out rupture – or even replace a popped fold defining suture if severe and necessary!

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