Detrimental to Wait After 3 Months for Breast Pocket Revision?
- Asked by kiltcrazy in Seattle, WA
- 4 years ago
I had a Breast Augmentation on 2/13/09. My right breast implant will not drop. I've been massaging 4 times daily, wearing the strap (was advised to wear until my 3-month mark), and taking vitamin E. My surgeon has asked me not to see him until I am at the 3-month mark, stating that there's no problem going on with my breasts. I can see that the right breast's incision scar is lower than the left as far as where my crease is. I can also see that the pocket "squares out" on the bottom of the right breast. Is there a danger in waiting for 3 months before considering revision?
Time is on Your Side!
It is better to wait about 3 months, as advised by your surgeon.
This is quite commonplace, and we typically see the correction occur with time and without surgery!
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Revision surgery should wait until six months or more after your first surgery.
Although three months may feel like a long time, especially when you are back to your normal routine already, it is actually pretty short in the grand scheme of the healing process. I advise patients to wait at least six months after their breast augmentation before even considering revision surgery; some patients may not really see their final results until up to a year. There are a number of reasons why one breast looks slightly different, and there are just as many reasons why it may resolve quietly on its own without revision surgery.
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Breast Asymmetry after Breast Augmentation
Thank you for the question and picture.
I'm sure you're case will be instructive to other patients as well.
Implants tend to “settle” asymmetrically and may continue to do so for up to one year after surgery.
I would suggest continued follow-up with your plastic surgeon as you have planned. Use massage of the breasts if so instructed.
I hope this helps.
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Time Frame for breast aug revision
I wouldn't be in rush. It is quite possible that your right implant will drop on its own. Sometimes one side drops more quickly than the other. I would advise waiting at least 6 months before considering a revision. If at the 6 month point it seems to be slowly improving, then consider waiting a full year.
I have to concur with everybody on this post. If enough of us say it you will believe it:-) Time is on your side. Keep massaging to manipulate that breast capsule and see if it doesn't drop. A revision may be in your future but it is way too early to jump to that conclusion. When the implant is down it should help round things out. Good luck!
Way too soon
Three months is way too soon - so please stoop worrying-between 6 mos-to one year is when issues usually declare themselves. At that point I would consult with your physician and make a plan if revision or not is necessary
Wait on revision
Be patient for at least six months. It is not unusual for the implants to achieve a more natural position at around this time, sometimes even later. At a year, if you are still unhappy and your physician agrees that the implant position is high, that would be a good point for a small revision. Remember, that no two breasts will ever be perfectly symmetric.
Revising too soon
One post said you are focusing too much on your breasts and I'd have to agree. 3 mos is way too soon to make any decisions about revisions at this point. Your body needs time to form the capsule in order to allow the surgeon to have something to revise later. Time is what is prudent at this point. Try to be patient. Your doctor will take care of you.
Breast Revision-Patience is a Virtue
You must be patient. Your breast are taking shape and this will change for a minimum of 6 months. You state that your right side is slightly higher. If you are right handed the muscle on that side, the pectoral major, is usually more developed and slightly more full.
I think your doc has done a very nice job a steering in the right direction.
Breast implants and changes with time
It is always better to wait a few months to see how things relax as the swelling comes down. 4-6 months times is reasonable.
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