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Breast Fold – Why is This Important with Cosmetic Surgery?

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Juli Albright
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Juli is our patient advocate and community connection. She balances work, life and family with grace.
Juli is our patient advocate and community connection. She balances work, life and family with grace.

Breast Fold – Why is This Important with Cosmetic Surgery?

Looking for a breast augmentation in San Antonio? You might not know, but the double bubble or breast fold is one of the most common issues that occur after breast augmentation. Although it is common in those patients who choose less experienced and qualified cosmetic surgeons for their surgery, it is a problem that can develop in any breast implant patient. This is only a cosmetic issue, and typically a qualified plastic surgeon avoid this complication.

There are several methods and techniques that can help a cosmetic surgeon limit the chances of the development of breast folds.

What is the Inframammary Fold?

The breast fold is also known as Inframammary Fold (IMF) or inframammary crease. It is the natural boundary underneath the breast, the place where the chest and the breast meet. According to doctors, IMF is the most important factor when it comes to defining the lower pole of your breast.  Additionally, it is important for your health provider to understand how and when they can lower the inframammary fold to get the desired shape through breast augmentation. You also need to know that every patient has a different degree and positioning of the inframammary fold. The link below is a great explanation on Instagram.

A double bubble deformity can sound scary. Hence, if there are some clinical methods that can help you define the folds in a better way, you need to opt for them. Your surgeon will suggest you lower the native IMF. But before that, they will do a simple and straightforward arm test, which will help them to recognize problematic folds.

In this case, your plastic surgeon will ask you to raise your arms straight upwards. This way, they will notice four distinct types of folds. The first one is type zero– that’s a nonexistent fold. This fold is not significantly visible, and it is really challenging to identify it. A doctor can lower this fold anywhere because of not having any existing fold. After that, there is a moderate fold or type two fold, which is thicker than the zero one. Doctors can’t identify this fold until you raise your arm. It is 50% effacement, which means fold is present there, but this fold is upwards, making it 50% less noticeable. You can also lower the third fold, but your surgeon will be more cautious with it, as you may also want a fat graft. This is why your doctor needs to keep the lowering as low as 2 cm. To make sure that the fold is completely resolved and no muscle is coming over it, the doctor may also use a dual plane interface.

Then it comes to the most challenging and complex fold, which is the hardest to detect. When you lift your arms, there will be no change in this fold. This means the fold also rises up when you raise your arm, which makes it different from other folds. Your cosmetic surgeon needs to identify it, as it is the most problematic fold. You can get it lowered, but your doctor has to design a plan for it. Your surgeon may also tell you that it will be challenging to lower this fold, as there are size limits when it comes to lowering this fold.

Torso and IMF Position

It is also important to know that torso plays a great role when it comes to planning the IMF position. The torso is a body part that people often overlook; they focus on the breast only, forgetting it is attached to your whole body. This is why the torso is very relevant in your IMF planning. Some surgeons even consider nipples after torso when thinking about IMF’s right position.

A cosmetic surgeon will decide where the waist starts and the breast ends. They will create an excellent strategy for getting an aesthetic appearance of the entire body. This makes it vital to determine where the waist starts and where the chest space ends. In a nutshell, if you have a short torso, it’s better to avoid lowering the fold. Patients with long torso have more flexibility to do whatever they want.

Inserting an implant in your breast is not the only thing that helps you achieve an aesthetic appearance. To get excellent breast augmentation results, you need to consider many factors, such as your breast fold. Plus, there are several other things that help you achieve your desired breast shape and size. So, it is vital to choose a plastic surgeon who has a better understanding of human anatomy, and they can work out all possible problems.

Bottom Line

Breast fold or inframammary fold is a problem that can occur in any breast augmentation patient. However, if you choose an experienced, reputable, and knowledgeable board-certified plastic surgeon, your chances of developing this fold are minimal.

Are you interested in San Antonio plastic surgery? Schedule your consultation with Dr. William Albright today.

Written by
Juli Albright
Updated

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