I had 325cc silicone breast implants 5 days ago. I am 5'1 and 102 pounds. I was hoping to be a C cup, but I am fitting into a D bra. Is this because of the swelling? If so, when will the swelling begin to go down? When will I know exactly what bra size I will wear?
When Does Swelling After Breast Augmentation Begin to Subside?
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Your breasts may look larger due to the implants being a bit high (they will fall) and after that it is the size of the implants used. Talk to your surgeon.
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Swelling after Breast Augmentation is probably at it's maximum at this point
I thought Californians were chill. You are only five days out from an invasive operation. Surely, you have swelling at this point in time, which, by the way, is probably at its maximum. Expect a significant improvement in the swelling over the next 4-6 weeks. At that time you will have a good idea of your final bra size. Good luck!
I usually say a 1/4 cup reduction
It ususally takes 2-3 months for the breast swelling to resolve. It will also undergo a change in shape as the implants become rounder and sag just a bit. I usually tell my patients that they will lose about 1/4 cup size from the early post-operative period.
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Breast augmentation and post op swelling
Yes, you are still swollen. This swelling may persist for a couple to a few weeks. Your implants probably seem "high" to you as well. This is normal as people usually look great on the table, and when they wake up the implants rise up toward the collar bone. They will usually start to move downward at about three weeks. It may take 6 to 12 months for some implants to settle into final position. Do not run out and buy a bunch of new bras anytime soon.
Don't judge your breast augmentation size for 3 months
At 5 days out from your breast augmentation, there is plenty of soft tissue swelling as well as fluid around the implant. This is normal. When the implants are placed under the muscle, particularly in thin women an oblong bulge is usually noticeable in the upper quadrant. This is the thicker part of the muscle. With time the muscle will accommodate to the implant and flatten down.
This effect often gives the appearance of larger breasts. Your breast shape will also change substantially over the next 6 to 12 weeks and your soft tissue and skin accommodate to the implant. As a general rule, every 200 cc of implant size will equate to one cup size. This can change slightly if a high profile implant is used. Hold off on making any judgment on your final result and breast augmentation size for at least 3 months. Also don’t buy too many bras at this point. Your breast shape will change and the size will most likely decrease.
There should be minimal 'swelling' following breast augmentation.
Initially at 2 weeks, most all by 6-8 weeks
The swelling begins to significantly subside by 2 weeks after surgry as long as you are following proper postop guidelines and not overdoing. In my practice, most all of the final swelling is gone by 6-8 weeks after surgery. Probably the "final" result is obtained by 3 months.
It takes about 3 months for final size to be seen after breast augmentation
Swelling after breast augmentation takes at least six weeks to resolve, you will be smaller than you are now.
More importantly, the breast implant position shifts as the breast tissues relax after breast augmnetation, and the implant will descend to a much more natural look.
As the breast implant assumes a more normal position, it also fits more naturally in a smaller bra cup than immediately after surgery.
I would reassure you not to worry. It is also very important that you express your concerns to your surgeon
Swelling after breast augmentation surgery
Swelling immediately after surgery is probably nothing to be concerned about, but your plastic surgeon can let you know what is normal. Any time you have a concern, contact your plastic surgeon right away. In the unlikely event you do have a problem, addressing the issue sooner than later is the best way to manage any issue
Breast augmentation and swelling
When you have a breast augmentation, it can take up to 6 weeks for the swelling to subside. Some patients have considerable swelling, and some patients have minimal to no swelling, so it is difficult to say how much the post operative swelling is contributing to your breast size. I tell my patients to wait at least a month, and preferably 6 weeks before bra shopping, because your breasts will change. In addition, your cup size will vary depending on the bra mfg, and Victoria Secret always fits you one cup size larger than your true cup size. Your final cup size will depend on how much breast tissue you started with, as well as your implant size. Wait for at least 4-6 weeks before you worry too much about being too big!
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