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?
When Do Breast Implants "Drop" or Fall into Place?
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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.
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.
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 Breast Implants "Drop" or Fall into Place?
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.
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.
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.
Breast Augmentation settling into place
Each surgeon has different guidelines for post operative care in regards to whether to massage and for how long.
When do breast implants "drop" or fall into place?
It typically takes 6-8 weeks for the swelling to resolve and usually 2-3 months for the implants to settle into their pockets. In general, implant size does not correlate with cup size. The cup size itself will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer as well as who is doing the actual measurements. Thus, cup size or implant size is never a reliable indicator for your breast size. I typically encourage my patients not to communicate her desires in cup size but more on the actual look and appearance. Your breast width is the most important measurement. Discuss with your surgeon implant massage/displacement exercises and the possibility for a bandeau to keep your implants down. You are still early in the postoperative period and awaiting this time frame will give enough time to see your results. Maintain your follow-up appointments and continue with your postoperative instructions/restrictions given.
Hope me that this helps! Best wishes for a wonderful result!
Be patient; your breasts will settle into their new size and shape
I tell my patients that watching their implants settle progress is like watching their hair grow. You don’t see a difference in your hair growth daily, but all of a sudden you need a haircut. Give yourself a few months before making a judgment about your surgical results.
Silicone gel implants start out lower than saline implants, closer to their final position. That’s because more muscle is released to create a bigger space for the prefilled gel implants; as a result, they are less compressed right after surgery.
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