Snoopy Deformity

News & Media

Talking ‘Snoopy Deformity’ Boob Job Complication with Dr Murray

24 Jul 2017

Talking ‘Snoopy Deformity’ – a common ‘Boob Job’ complication, with Dr Murray from Absolute Cosmetic Medicine

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 Snoopy Deformity is, how it happens and how it can be prevented. Watch the video:

Hi, its Dr Murray back again. Today we’re talking about “Snoopy deformity”.

Snoopy deformity is quite a common complication. I often see it from some of the cheaper clinics that use low or medium profile implants when the patient was too empty to use these. I find also that tear drop implants can sometimes make it more apparent or lead to it being caused especially in combination with going totally under the muscle.

With dual plane and above the muscle we see this deformity less and also with implants that give the curved radius of the implant so this can be matched to the nipple to inframammary crease distance. If you have an inframammary fold distance of about 10cm then you’re at a moderate to high risk of snoopy deformity and the implant needs to be large enough to fill this.

Extra high-profile implants are preferred to avoid this as they have a longer curved radius. Snoopy deformity can look terrible. Some patients want to go smaller than they should and you have to match the foot with the sock. It’s not a great description but if you have a size 10 foot and you put on a size 10 sock then you’ll find that you have nothing at the end of the sock that needs filling therefore that part of the sock doesn’t become floppy.

If you put a size 5 foot in a size 10 sock then the end of the sock will hang off and cause the snoopy nose. It’s exactly the same with breast tissue, if the skin is a D and you put a size B implant in then that skin will flop off the chest and cause the Snoopy deformity.

Have a look at photographs. It makes it easier to understand and don’t hesitate to book a complimentary consultation with one of my nurses to understand Snoopy deformity and how to prevent it.

Take care,
Dr Murray

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 Snoopy Deformity (also known as waterfall deformity). Source: estheticon

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.


Book a Consultation

Book Now

Any questions?

Dr. Glenn Murray (AHPRA Registration MED0001196978) Registered Medical Practitioner. General disclaimer: Patient outcomes can vary due to factors such as... genetics, diet, age, exercise, lifestyle, weight, and overall health. It’s essential to understand that all invasive surgeries come with inherent risks and require a recovery period and specific care regimen. Detailed information regarding surgical risks and complications is available here, but it is advisable to conduct thorough research and obtain a second opinion to ensure you are able to make an informed decision. Please note that the information provided is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice or establish a doctor-patient relationship. For real patient images, please visit our Before and After page. Please be advised that surgical outcomes vary, from patient to patient, and comprehensive research is crucial before making any decisions. This website contains imagery which is only suitable for audiences 18+.

Read more