Different Breast Size 2 Weeks Out

I am currently 2 weeks post op from breast augmentation and a lift in one breast. Up until now, both have appeared identical in their size and swelling. In last couple of days I have noticed that the one without the lift seems to become a bit smaller/less swollen. Could this just be that the one with the lift (having had more surgery) will stay swollen longer due to longer healing time? I had silicone placed under the muscle. Thanks!

Doctor Answers (19)

Asymmetries Are Common!

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It is common to see differences early after surgery. It is normal to see the breasts heal at different paces.

Do check with your surgeon to be sure!


Denver Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Breast size difference after augmentation-mastopexy

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Hello and thank you for the question.

You are very early in the healing process. As my colleague Dr. Placik was mentioning, swelling may persist for several months and it is indeed possible that the breast that underwent a concomitant lift has more swelling. Keep in mind that perfect symmetry is difficult to achieve. You may a slight asymmetry following the resolution of swelling several months down the line. For now, I wouldn't worry a whole lot as there is nothing to do but wait and let the healing process runs its course. Should you see significant asymmetries in 6 months, consult with your physician for an evaluation.

Best,

Glenn Vallecillos, M.D., F.A.C.S. 

Glenn Vallecillos, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Different size breasts after surgery

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It is common to have different size breasts after surgery. You likely had asymmetry before the surgery and will most likely have some after surgery. While there may be a great improvement, you will probably still have some asymmetry. Also, given that you had a lift on one side only, you are correct in thinking that the side with the lift will stay more swollen longer. I would recommend that you give at least three months to allow the swelling to subside before you judge the results. 

I hope this info helps!

Adam Rubinstein, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

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Since you had two different procedures done on your breasts, then it is possible that one side has longer lasting swelling than the other. You may want to mention this to your surgeon just to make sure no fluid collections are forming.

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Two weeks post-op asymmetry

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If the breasts looked fairly equivalent a few days ago and now one is much larger, I would be worried about a hematoma.  You should check with your doctor.

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It is too early after your surgery to know just how the breasts will "settle".  This is a normal 6-8 week process as the initial swellling resolves and the implants descend slightly with gravity as the overlying tissues stretch.   In general, it is quite likely that some degree of asymmetry can persist despite any attempt at addressing differences in the two breasts.  In your case there must have been some asymmetry identified as you had a lift on one side only, therefore some persistent asymmetry is not uncommon.

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Asymmetry two weeks after breast augmentation is (usually) normal!

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Swelling is almost always different between breasts even if the same operation is done on each side--one side will also bruise more, tingle or hurt more, drop and settle faster, etc. These differences are even more pronounced when the surgical procedure is different for each side. So it is probably normal.

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