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!