How Do Breasts Look Immediately After Augmentation?

I was told you'd be able to see the breast implants up top and your breasts loose below it. My surgery is next Saturday, what can I expect? Going from A to C (350CC).

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Appearance of implants right after surgery

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Your breasts will be somewhat swollen and look "tight" soon after surgery.  They also may look on the high side for a few months until your body has had a chance to accomodate this change in size.  Be patient because your new breasts will improve in appearance as you recover.


Southport Plastic Surgeon
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Breasts appearance immediately following augmentation

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I tell all my patients not to panic when they view their breasts for the first time following a breast augmentation. I warn them that the breasts will appear too large, implants will appear high, they will appear round and feel very firm. Generally it takes 4-6 weeks before a woman will have a good idea what the breasts will look like and 4-6 months before seeing the final results. Be patient; you will love your new look.

Todd B. Koch, MD
Buffalo Plastic Surgeon
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Looks can be deceiving after breast implants

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What you can expect immediately after your breast augmentation is that your breast will have some swelling especially in the upper breast. If you are wrapped with an ACE bandage after surgery then the breasts may have a flattened appearance initially. All of these things will go away and the breast will settle into there shape in a couple of weeks. Discuss these and other possible changes with your plastic surgeon before the surgery.

Hope this is helpful.

Earl Stephenson, Jr., MD, DDS
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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What do breasts look like immediately following breast augmentation

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Your breast will be swollen and feel tight.  The swelling will be more pronounced in the upper breast and the implants will appear high on your chest.  This is perfectly normal but can be surprising for the patient.  A good plastic surgeon will show you progression photos during your consultation so that you will have an idea of how the breast will change in appearance over time.

Best of luck,

Christopher J. Morea, MD
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Appearance after surgery

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Right after surgery your breasts will have a high, tight, swollen appearance. Over the first 4-6 weeks the implants will begin to "settle" or "drop" and you will have a pretty good idea of your result. Best wishes.

Grant Stevens, MD
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The Breast Recovery and Changes Following Breast Augmentation

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         It’s not unusual for breast augmentation patients to see dramatic changes in their breasts in the first week following surgery. Immediately following surgery, patients experience significant swelling and muscle spasm which causes significant distortion of the breast.

         When sub muscular breast augmentation is performed, muscle spasm can cause implants to shift in a superior direction. As relaxation of the muscle occurs, implants gradually drop into a more normal position. This can be facilitated by using upper chest compression bands and ace wraps.

         In other cases, severe swelling of the breast tissue and surrounding soft tissue can result in loss of definition of the breast implants. This can give the appearance of large poorly defined breasts. Fortunately, this swelling resolves rapidly with time. Compression following surgery can help minimize swelling as well.

         It’s important to be patient and realize that significant changes will occur following surgery. If you have questions, make sure you discuss them with your plastic surgeon. In many cases, a little reassurance can make the post-operative experience less stressful for patients.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implants look high, swollen and large immediately after breast augmentation

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Thank you for your question. Immediately after breast augmentation breast implants typically look very high, large and abnormally shaped. In most cases the implants drop into a more normal position after 3-4 weeks after Sub-glandular augmentation however after sub-muscular augmentation this can take up to 3 months.

Brooke R. Seckel, MD, FACS
Boston Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Implant Look

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Immediately after breast augmentation, the implants will usually ride high in the chest.  This is temporary and generally require several weeks for the body to adjust to the more normal position where the implants will ultimately rest. 

Jeffrey W. Hall, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Appearance of breasts immediately after augmentation

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Thank you for your question. Immediately after breast augmentation, your breasts do not look like the final result. There is some swelling at the top of the breasts, making them look higher and more full at first. The skin can also be a bit tight and the breasts firm. All of these things resolve over the first couple of weeks.

As the breasts heal, the soften and drop into position. This results in a more natural long term result. It can take a variable amount of time for this process, so you do need to be patient.

Best of luck with your breasts.

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Jeffrey Rockmore, MD
Albany Plastic Surgeon
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Appearance of breast augmentation immediately after surgery

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This is a good question but the answer will be different depending on the size and shape of the breast before surgery and the size of the implant used. in general the breast will look "tight" and firm, and too full in the upper portion of the breast. This will continue for the next 3-4 weekd until the breast stretches and relaxes, and allows the implant to "settle".

Ronald Schuster, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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