Fold malposition is a condition in which the fold below the breast (the inframammary fold) or the fold on the side of the breast (the lateral fold) has moved. The form and defining borders of the breasts are affected by natural folds which should provide gentle curvatures under and on both sides of the breasts. These folds give the breasts definition and help maintain the shape and position of the breasts.
During the process of breast augmentation, a pocket is carefully created under the breast tissue. Breast folds act as important markers for the surgeon when creating the pocket, assisting with desired placement, and achieving desired surgical outcome.
Over time, one or both breast pockets can be compromised. This may be due to either the loss of skin elasticity or a breakdown of pocket boundaries, affecting either the inframammary fold, lateral fold, or both. Should this occur, the breast pocket may drift to the outside of the chest or appear to have dropped and will no longer be in the original desired position.
Revision breast surgery is often recommended to minimize fold malposition and improve the appearance of the breasts. Your surgeon may recommend the use of Strattice™ Reconstructive Tissue Matrix (TM) during your revision breast surgery. After readjustment of the pocket and reestablishing the inframammary and lateral folds, strips of Strattice™ TM can be used to redefine the fold location by supporting the fold repair inferiorly or laterally. This can help provide extra support allowing the surgeon to support and hold the breasts in the desired location and achieve breast symmetry.
If your surgery lowered the fold too much, or has resulted in a pocket that has migrated away from the center of the breast, request more information about breast revision surgery using Strattice™ TM.