Talking Symmastia or “uni-boob” with Dr Murray

If you would like to increase the size of your breasts, enhance breast shape, correct uneven breasts slight sagging, then breast augmentation may be for you.

However, like with any procedure, there are still risks involved, especially if you are not in the hands of a skilled, well experienced surgeon.

Fortunately for Absolute Cosmetic – we have one of the most most skilled breast surgeons in Perth, Western Australia as our medical director – Dr Glenn Murray, with over 20+ years industry experience.

In his latest video, Dr Murray from Absolute Cosmetic Medicine discusses what Symmastia or “uni-boob” is, and how it happens. Watch the video:

Hi, its Dr Murray here. I hope you’re happy and well. Today we’re talking about Symmastia or “uni-boob”.

This is where the pectoralis muscle has been torn from the sternum and both implants are touching or kissing. It can look quite square sometimes and look like one breast.

We do see this reasonably frequently especially from the cheaper clinics where they use too much force from the armpit and they’ve torn the muscle away from the sternum.

It can be extremely hard to fix, some people will stich this down back on to the muscle but it has a reasonably recurrence rate of where the muscle tears away from the sternum. Another way of treating it is by removing the muscle and replacing it above the muscle in a brand-new plane.

There’s another trick on how to repair it by putting the sticky polyurethane implants in and use a Symmastia or “cross your heart” bra.

For those of you old enough to remember the cross your heart advertising campaign; it is just like that, it’s a bra that crosses and pushes the implants up. Symmastia is something you really want to avoid and that’s why some people don’t do implant placement via the armpit anymore as it has quite a high rate especially when done blindly.

Some of the cheaper clinics pop in what looks like a hockey stick and they push quite hard to make the pocket and they don’t actually look into the pocket to see whets going on so therefore that muscle can be torn away from the breast quite easily.

Have a look at the complication gallery and you’ll see Symmastia or uni-boob. Take care and don’t hesitate to book a consultation with one of our nurses to discuss the repair and prevention of this.

For a full explanation of it all, come into Absolute Cosmetic Medicine to discuss it with us. Call (08) 9389 9099 for a booking today! Thanks, Dr Murray.

An example of Symmastia. Image Source:

Facts about Breast Augmentation and Implant Choice

When considering breast augmentation, consider the advantages and disadvantages of each type, brand and insertion method.

Below the muscle was an extremely popular method of implanting although now has reduced in popularity as many feel the complications can be higher and the recovery slower.

The dual plane technique, which is simply placing the implant half above the muscle and half below the muscle has taken over in popularity and in clinics. This method can take longer and some of the discount clinics do not offer this as they are time poor and perform the implants in a production line method.

Above the muscle has made a major recovery in popularity and some surgeons only offer this method as it is less painful, has less complications and with the newer implants some of the concerns previously expressed are now less significant.

Pay Cheap, Pay Twice

Unfortunately, one third of all our breast augmentation operations involve repairing cheap work performed by fly-in fly-out clinics.

When considering surgery costs, please be aware that one third of the cost of the procedure is for extensive pre-operative assessment, one third is for the procedure and one third is for aftercare.

If you suffer a complication, 90 per cent of your fee can be in the aftercare. It is extremely important to avoid complications, as some of these can be irreversible. Many of the fly-in fly-out clinics do not see their complications or treat them, as the patient is many thousands of miles away.

If you cannot afford a full priced treatment, consider finance or save a little longer to afford quality work. There is an old saying “pay cheap, pay twice”. We’ve found that sometimes the cost is much more than money.

Why Use Absolute Cosmetic for Your Breast Augmentation Procedure?

  • We have a team of doctors including FRACS and non FRACS that can be involved in your care.
  • We are a full time cosmetic clinic.
  • We have performed hundreds of breast implant procedures and it is one of our main specialties.
  • We offer a wide range of quality implants including polyurethane implants.
  • Absolute has a 24-hour on call service to assist with any concerns.
  • We perform the more difficult dual plane procedure also.
  • The tumescent local anaesthetic technique is especially beneficial in reducing post-operative pain.
  • Good physiological care and assessment is a big priority in our clinic.
  • We have been trained by some of the world’s leading experts.

Book a Breast Augmentation Consultation

Contact Absolute Cosmetic Medicine today on (08) 9389 9099 to book a breast augmentation consultation or to find out more about any of our services.

*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.