This patient demonstrates the amazing results of a breast augmentation revision to correct a snoopy deformity. A snoopy deformity is a common breast implant complication from using a textured implant. Named on the cartoon characters’ head and nose, a snoopy deformity occurs when a textured implant gets stuck high while the breast tissue continues to sag off of it.
As you age, your skin loses its elastic capacity and sags downward. When you use textured implants, your sagging results in a snoopy head, with the head being the implant prominence and the nipple resembling Snoopy’s nose (notice the before photo in the left and right lateral views). If you are familiar with this look, a breast augmentation revision will correct your contour irregularities.
Breast augmentation revision to correct a snoopy deformity is not just a traditional implant revision surgery. Due to the added factor of excess skin, a breast lift must be done simultaneously with your implant replacement. As such, a breast lift consultation, as well as choosing a new implant implant, is critical. You will need to complete implant sizing during your initial consultation.
A trained breast augmentation revision surgeon can visualize your breast lift result and help you choose an implant that will perfectly match the new breast shape and size. A modified vertical mastopexy design (seen in this patient) should be used to give you an ideal breast shape as well as facilitate seamless healing of your incision lines.
While a cosmetic breast surgery revision is never ideal, if you find yourself with a snoopy deformity, it may be a blessing in disguise. As discussed earlier, this deformity is usually caused by a textured implant. Unfortunately, it has been discovered that textured implants may also lead to various breast illnesses and chronic pain. Therefore, if you notice this deformity and do not have any pain, you can remove the textured implants and avoid further health concerns. An alternative cause of a stuck implant is silicone implant rupture, which may occur silently.
If you are not yet 40, you may not have even had a screening mammogram required to detect silicone implant ruptures. As a result, you may have been walking around for years with a damaged implant and not have been aware of it. Only after many years to decades after a silicone rupture will you start experiencing potential breast mound firmness and deformity. In summary, the correction of a snoopy deformity may provide the perfect opportunity to detect any implant compromise that may be indolent.
See this 73 years old female following her breast augmentation revision surgery to correct her snoopy deformity.