When Do Breast Implants "Drop" or Fall into Place?
- Asked by AZ HELP in QUEEN CREEK
- 4 years ago
I just came back from my 1 week check up, and my breast implants have not yet dropped. They are so high that they are not even covering my regular breasts. Doctor says that I have to massage them and they will drop. Is this right? I was so flat-chested that now I seem so big or swollen on top, by my chest bone, and small elsewhere. When do they start falling into place?
Usually takes 3-4months
It is very common for your implants to seem high immediately after surgery - specially with swelling causing further distortion. Once the swelling resolves and your tissues soften and stretch in the lower part of the breast, the implant will settle into your breasts. That typically happens after about 3months. Be patient and the massage techniques will help and keep you involved in your recovery.
It takes 6-8 weeks to see some and 4-6 months for all of it
Implants will descend over weeks to months. Each patient is different and each surgeon's technique is different. The fullness of the implant chosen for you will also determine how quickly you see the implants settle in. You are way too early to worry. Stick close to your doctor and work with them through the process.
Breast implants 'settle' after 4-6 weeks
It takes 4-6 weeks for your breast implants to 'settle'. There are many factors involved, including the tightness of your brest skin, envelope, the size and profile of your implant, the surface of the implant, and whether your implants were placed entirely under the muscle or partially under the muscle.
In reality, it is not that the implants have to 'move' down or 'settle', it's just that the lower pole of the breast tissue and skin needs to expand. Be patient.
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When do implants start to fall.
You are very early in the post operative course. Typically implants start to drop at three weeks. It may take 6 months to a year for them to settle into place. Please continue to let your plastic surgeon know your concerns.
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Implants settle into place after surgery
When breast implants are placed under the muscle for the first time, they usually look very high and create a big bulge in the upper chest. The muscle and skin have to take time to stretch out to accommodate the new implant under it, and there is also swelling at the beginning.
What you finally end up with is not what you see right after surgery. Sometimes if your skin is very tight it can take as long as six months to completely settle down, but usually it takes about half that time (2 to 3 months). You can often begin to see changes starting in about 10 days. Don’t worry about it. This is a normal process.
Breasts will look significantly different post op.
It usually takes up to 6 months for breasts implants to settle. Make sure you do any implant massages if you were instructed.
When do Implants Settle?
It is completely normal for your implants to look high up after having surgery. Usually it takes about several months for your implants to settle. Reminder; they will not settle at the same time so one day you might find one breast higher than the other and then maybe vice versa another day. It's only been a week, give it time... 6 months after your surgery is where your breast will fully be settled.
The Recovery Process Following Breast Augmentation
Normally, after a breast augmentation the breast itself is quite firm. This firmness improves over time as the overlying tissues are stretched by the presence of an underlying implant. Normally, the tightest part of the breast is the lower one-half. As this area stretches, the implant can settle more into the lower part of the breast pocket. As this relaxation of the overlying tissues develops, the breast itself becomes more natural in its look and feel. Normally, the phenomenon starts within days or weeks after the procedure. You should expect that this relaxation is complete normally within one and three months.
Breast Implant Position Following Breast Augmentation
There is often initial swelling that makes the implants look higher than they are. The swelling and initial settling takes approximately one month, at which point you could get sized for new bras. I usually counsel patients that the final shape and position of the implant takes approximately 4-6 months.
Your surgeon may recommend using a band wrapped around the upper area of the breast to help them settle.
Give breast implants some time to drop
Smooth implants often get pushed up by the spasms from the muscle. You have to give them at least 6 weeks or more for them to drop into the pocket before critically evaluating them. As well, the swelling has to dissipate.
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