Q: Dr. Eppley, what can I do to make sure my breasts won’t be too far apart after getting breast implants? I know that breast augmentation doesn’t change where your natural breasts sit and that it only enlarges them. But I simply don’t want my new breasts to be too far apart. What can I tell my surgeon to make sure that my breasts are full and close together?
A: You are both asking a reasonable question abut a common breast augmentation concern and also answering it at the same time. You have correctly surmised that all breast implants do is make your natural breasts fuller. That may or may not necessarily make them somewhat closer together depending upon the size of the implants. But there is no guarantee that they will and there is not anything your surgeon can do to change the natural wide spacing between your breasts. You will need to accept that this is a limitation of breast augmentation surgery and is a function of your anatomy and not your surgeon’s technique or ability. At the least, every plastic surgeon recognizes and understands this implant spacing concern…and usually goes to great lengths to point it out and that your after surgery result is still going to have a sternal gap between the augmented breasts.
Dr. Barry Eppley