Animation deformity?

Hi, I’ve had a breast lift and under the muscle implants around 14 weeks ago. I’ve noticed that if I put any weight on my arms at all, such as sitting up in bed, or if I raise my arms over my head my breasts move very far apart and stick out at a weird angle from my body. This is especially evident when I’m at the gym doing yoga. It’s very noticeable and embarrassing. It there anything I can do about this? 

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  • Ah...the dreaded animation deformity.  It's 100% normal and unfortunately the women who notice it the most are the same ones who need a sub muscular implant.  So everything we do is a balance of risk and benefit.  If not, there would only be one way to do something.

    Over the muscle won't animate.  But over the muscle has more implant show, rippling, increased capsular contracture etc.  We are taught about a pinch test, how much skin and subcutaneous tissue we can 'pinch' in the upper pole of the breast helping us to determine over vs under.  Greater than 2cm can consider overs.  But that's not a hard and fast rule.  

    Under the muscle always animates to some degree depending on how much you use your pecs.  For example, I am more sedentary and I have under the muscle implants.  I only notice the animation when I push my hands together.  Remember that old line, "we must, we must, we must increase our bust!"?  What we were doing in the 80s (for those of you old enough to remember that) was working our pecs to push the breast out.  

    Unfortunately your options are "stop working that pec so much" and change to over the muscle implants.  I know neither of those sounds very appealing.  


    As always – I would be so honored to see you at my offices in Raleigh, NC!

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      • bea_gabrielle
      • 4 days ago
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      Dr. Michelle Roughton thank you so much for your reply, I guess I’ll have to learn to live with it! Can I just check- will working out make it worse, or push them permanently to the side? Or will they just look odd while I’m moving? I’d love to come to your clinic but sadly I’m in the UK!  

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  • Just a heads up for the future.  I had my implants removed for medical reasons  and my animation deformity stayed.  So if you ever have to explant down the road I would talk with the doc about trying to thwart it.  💕

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      • Bea
      • bea_gabrielle
      • 9 hrs ago
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      GreyRabbit oh god really????? That’s awful! 

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