I got breast implants 4 weeks ago. I went with 360 ccs, and they look WAY too big. Any chance, will they get smaller?
Will my Breast Implants Get Smaller 4 Weeks Post-Op?
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The implants will not get smaller, however...
Your chest tissues no doubt are tight right now and as you heal and time passes your breasts will get softer and take on a more natural appearance. The actual volume of your breasts won't change but the shape will. As usual, discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon for your reassurance.
Breast Size Following Surgery
Swelling resolves quickly with the vast majority being gone in about three weeks. Almost all the visible swelling is gone in four to six weeks but small amounts of residual swelling may be present for up to three to four months following surgery.
In addition, muscle spasms gradually resolve as well. When this happens, the implants gradually drop into normal position and the breasts often appear smaller. Compression bras and dressings are frequently used following breast augmentation to minimize swelling and muscle spasm. Swelling and muscle spasm can add to a patients post-operative discomfort. They can also increase anxiety regarding breast size immediately after surgery.
For these reasons we feel it’s important for the patient and the surgeon to have good communication regarding this topic immediately following surgery. In this situation a little reassurance can go a long way towards making this a more comfortable experience.
Wait Three to Four Months For Breast Augmentation Results
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Breast implants may settle
New implants generally look full on the top of the breast and a bit unusual. Settling refers to the tendency for the implants to mature to eventually provide more fullness on the bottom aspect of the breast. This can take a few months to occur. As the shape changes women generally adjust to them and are happy. I would see your surgeon and get his or her input but be prepared to wait a little before doing anything.
So to answer your question: they don't get smaller but they do mature to look more natural. There is hope.
John Di Saia MD
Hi. This is a common complaint. You do have large implants. Wait another 3 or 4 months, and then you may well need a replacement.
In NYC, we use disposable implant SIZERS during surgery to determine optimal size, before we open the permanent implants. This takes the guess work out.
Your observation is very common and comes from several factors.
1. Your breasts are bigger
2. They tend to ride high initially
3. Your body is telling your brain that there is something big in your chest
My experience is that swelling is the least coomon cause for feeling too big. As you heal the muscles and skin will relax, the implant will come down and everything will become more and more natural.
Any plastic surgeon will tell you that most patients feel that they could have gone bigger and very few think they are too big.
Give the whole process 3-6 months
Recovery time is three months
You can not judge the final result for three months. Relax, cover all mirrors in your home and let time pass. It takes a full three months for the swelling to go down and the breast implants to settle. After that, talk to your plastic surgeon regarding size.
Time is needed to adjust to new breast implants
We often hear right after augmentation that the breast feels stiff and the implant appears too big. There is a settling in which occurs between the breast and the implant where they work in together and soften and begin to feel as one. We discourage patients from buying bras during this time, usually the first two months. On occasion some who felt they were too large right after come to feel after three to six months that they could have been larger than they thought right at the time.
It pays to be patient as the breast will soften and appear natural and if you worked hard to guide your surgeon with photographs of just what you wanted, the size selected should come around to be close to the look you found best for you.
Best of luck,
There is both an adjustment time for the tissues to accommodate the implant. Sometimes this makes the implant look small early on since the tissue haven't stretched to allow the implant to expand the breast,but sometimes it makes the breast look too big due to the swelling. Give your surgery plenty of time for the tissues to adjust. In any case, revisions are usally done so sooner than 3-6 monts. In addition, there is an adjustment frm the patient's perceptive and psychoemotional point of view. You have had a dramatic increase in the size of your breast and you might not have adapted yet to your new body. There will be time later to downsize if you still feel the same way. However, I have found that women who come out too big are more unhappy than women who come out too small and long term risks and side effects are greater the bigger you are.
They will likely seem smaller as the swelling goes down
Hang in there during this initial period. Invariably, swelling takes a couple of months to completely settle down and then you can judge your final size. don't try buying any new bras right now. Keep your doctor posted and best of luck.
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