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Can Breast Implants Create Cleavage?

January 30, 2014

A general rule with breast augmentation is that the final result will amount to an enlargement of the pre-operative breast shape and structure. That is to say that breast augmentation enlarges the breast you have, it does not create an entirely new form. This is why it’s not advisable to find photos from magazines or other sources to act as the basis for what you want or expect from the surgery. For example, a patient with a particularly wide cleavage before breast augmentation will also have a relatively wide cleavage after breast implant surgery.

The cleavage can be accentuated somewhat through breast augmentation but not dramatically. This is because placing the implants very close together on the chest wall, which is what is technically needed in order to accentuate the cleavage, will lead to other unacceptable problems. In particular, by placing the implants centrally on the chest, the nipples will end up on the outer portion of the breast mound and this will not look right. A basic surgical principle with breast augmentation is that the implant must be placed so that it is centred behind the nipple/areola and this takes precedence over creating increased cleavage.


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