Understanding what monoboob means, why it occurs, and how to treat it.
Monoboob, or symmastia being the official term, is a condition where the two breasts are sitting too close together. In practical terms, what that means is that the cleavage is not as deep as it should be with the skin along the midline lifted up. This problem can look worse with a bra or dress that pushes the breasts together.
This problem can occur after breast augmentation and is quite a difficult problem to fix. In fact, it’s not uncommon to require more than one surgery to try and fix it.
A number of things can contribute to the development of monoboob.
- Implants that are too large
- Creating an implant pocket that is too big with too much release of the pectoralis muscle from the chest wall.
- The person’s natural anatomy can predispose to the development of monoboob, with some women more prone to it than others. This is especially the case in those who have very loose and mobile skin along the midline and typically these women have their pec muscles inserted close to or at the midline.
So what happens if it looks like we’re getting monoboob?
- Early treatment is massaging along the midline and massaging the breasts outwards.
Wearing a special symmastia compression type bra is required.
- Avoid wearing push up bras.
- If it’s still a problem after 6 months, then surgery is required.
This includes tightening the pocket along the midline, and possibly changing to smaller implants.