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Do my breasts look OK? I overdid it.....

Unfortunately this situation is a very common occurrence. Moms will be mom, people lift more weight than they think at work or patients try to go workout too quickly. Most of Dr. Feldman’s patients’ overdo it, most get away with it but 5% don't. Many of the complications encountered after breast augmentation are preventable, and directly attributable to not following activity restrictions, supportive bra use and/or massage after surgery.

We frequently get emails, phone calls or questions at appointments looking for reassurance. Sometimes patients are honest, admitting they overdid it, seeking reassurance. “I forgot I had surgery and slammed my car door!” “I accidentally picked up my 20lbs child or relative.” “I was in a car accident.” Other times they ask "Do my breasts look ok?" Or "are you sure they look OK?" Dr. Feldman and Jeannette now realize this translates into "Did I mess them up?" as the patient has a guilty conscience and desires reassurance for anxiety relief.

Unfortunately, the answer is always “time will tell” as it may take 2-3 months for complication to develop or become evident after trauma or overuse.

Hematoma's from arterial source become evident in minutes to hours with a rapid change in size and pain, and like pornography, “you will know it when you see it.” A tear in pec muscle that may distort cleavage once swelling resolves, a teaspoon of blood from torn vein or a few popped deep pocket stitches may look fine initially. However 8-12 weeks later can cause cleavage distortion/uniboob (symmastia), contracture or implant malposition (over-lateralization/bottoming out) respectively. So every little thing that occurs during healing adds up. Repeatedly engaging the very powerful pectoralis major muscle slowly drives the implant downward and outward without proper support.

What has already occurred cannot be undone. Rather than focusing on the past, or what we cannot control, focus on setting yourself up for success moving forward and reducing the likelihood of having to overdo it, a second, or third time.