What Does "Drop and Fluff" Refer to in a Breast Augmentation? Will They Get Larger?

I Went with 325cc and Wish I Had Went with 350cc. Did I make a mistake? When can I go back for bigger ones?

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Drop and Fluff

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Drop and fluff seems to refer to the process during which breast implants settle and, in so doing, the upper breast fullness decreases and the lower breast fullness increases.  Obviously this is not a medical term but the process it describes is due to stretching of the breast tissue, skin and muscle (if the implant is submuscular).  You have not mentioned how long ago you had your implant surgery but in my experience this settling usually occurs over the first few months.  The breast will not become larger as this occurs but you may see somewhat more projection as the muscle stretches if the implant is behind the muscle.  So make sure to allow an adequate time to pass before you consider another procedure.  Also, adding 25cc to your implants is not likely to make a noticeable change in the size of your breasts so if you do have another procedure you should probably consider a more significant increase.  Be certain to discuss this in detail with your surgeon before making any decisions.


Saint Louis Plastic Surgeon
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What Does "Drop and Fluff" Refer to in a Breast Augmentation? Will They Get Larger?

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The phenomenon of “dropping and fluffing” occurs several weeks to several months after breast augmentation surgery.  The breasts appear larger as the implants "settle" lower on the chest wall. The nipple/areola complexes appear higher on the breast mounds as this occurs. Best wishes. 

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Time will improve your breast augmentation appearance, but "drop and fluff" is not a medical term!

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After breast augmentation, there is some degree of tightness and surgical swelling, possibly slightly more with submuscular implant placement (most common location). As this swelling diminishes, and as the skin, breast, and muscular tissues stretch and accomodate the implants,  implant position almost always drops to some degree (unless capsular contracture is occurring), and the breasts will become softer and more teardrop in appearance. This, of course, is highly dependent upon the age, breast-feeding history, weight gain-and-loss history, and natural elasticity and collagen content of each woman's breasts, not to mention whether or not the woman's muscles are those of a body-builder or a couch potato. This dropping, softening, and settling of implants and breast tissues apparently has been given the non-medical lay terminology "dropping and fluffing."

Until I saw this terminology used on this site, I actually thought "fluffing" was something done to keep male porn actors "ready" for filming. So you won't catch me using this slang term for my augmentation patients.

On a more important note, 25cc is an inconsequential volume increase that you will be bitterly dissatisfied with if you spent the time, money, and surgery to revise. 25cc is LESS than 2 tablespoons and you will be unable to see this difference. I tell my patients that it takes 50-100cc to even begin to see a visible difference, that it takes about 125cc to go up a half a cup size, and 250cc (2/3 of a can of soda) to equal one cup size. Your 325cc implants added about 1 1/3 cup sizes to what you started with--how much larger do you wish to be?

If you really want a visible change larger than what you already have, you must go proportionately larger in your new implants or you will think your surgeon made an error and didn't increase your implants. Of course your surgeon should know this, but patients can be insistent (and wrong), so that is why this needs careful consideration, and at least 3-6 months of time after your initial surgery. Best Wishes!

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Drop and Fluff?

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I have never heard that term, your implants traditionally fall or settlel into place a few months after your surgery, this will occur when the muscles and tissue starts to relax and the swelling decreases, when the swelling decreases your breast size will usually get smaller. I would not change out 325cc implanst for 350cc, you will not see much of a difference. I would wait at least 6 months to a year.

Jonathan Weiler, MD
Baton Rouge Plastic Surgeon
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Drop and fluff after breast implants

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There really is no such thing as 'fluff' after breast implants, and the firt time I saw such a term was on this site several months ago with an individual who had a similar question as to when her implants would begin to appear larger. My feeling is you should have let your surgeon know how full you wanted to be, as you have no way to know if you needed the 350, or even a 400 for the look you wish to have. Not much chance for fluffing.

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Drop and fluff after breast augmentation

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I am not quite sure what the term drop and fluff is referring to in breast surgery. However, I often tell my patients that it takes several weeks for implants to 'find their home', meaning settle down and look and appear more natural. Immediately after breast augmentation surgery there is tightness and swelling and sometimes more upper pole fullness than a patient desires (or wanted). After a few weeks and as the swelling subsides, the implants settle into a more natural position. Sometimes this upper pole fullness (which the patient has now come to adore) also goes away and the patient can feel as if their breasts got 'smaller'. Remember, the difference between 325cc and 350cc is only a few teaspoons. I would advise you to wait several months (6 or more) before making any decision about going larger. I would caution you to remember that your skin envelope needs to be able to support these implants over the long run and the larger you go, the more stress you place on the skin. This can cause excessive stretching, such as bottoming out.

Antonio Gayoso, MD
Saint Petersburg Plastic Surgeon
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Drop and fluff

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"Drop and fluff" is a layman's term describing the process of the pectoralis muscle relaxing and letting the implants settle down into position.  The top is less full and tight, and the bottom is fuller with a more natural shape. Twenty-five cc's is not much of a size difference, and I do not recommend redoing surgery for that small amount. If your surgeon recommended 325, please listen to him/her.  Your surgeon has experience in selecting the proper size implant for your build and amount of breast tissue.

Connie Hiers, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
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Drop and Fluff After Breast Augmentation

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"Drop and fluff" refers to the gradual movement and change in shape that occurs to breast implants
When breast implants are first put into your body, they typically sit higher up in the chest. This is because it’s the path of least resistance – your body requires some time to adjust to their presence, regardless of whether they’ve been placed in a sub-mammary (between breast tissue and chest muscle) or sub-muscular (under both the breast and chest muscle). Immediately following surgery, you’ll find that your newly enhanced breasts appear very full and swollen, especially in the upper portion above the nipples. Your skin will most likely look very tight and your nipples may point slightly downward as well. This may make the shape and overall appearance of your breasts appear unnatural. Don’t worry, because they will change for the better, something casually known as “dropping and fluffing”. As your body accommodates to your new implants, you’ll notice that your breasts will gradually look more and more natural – the way you hoped they’d be! Over the course of about three to four months, your body creates new skin to accommodate the additional volume of your implants. This natural process is called “tissue expansion”, and relieves the tightness you may be experiencing. It allows for the implants to settle more into a better position with the help of gravity. A gradual redistribution of volume from the upper to the lower breast occurs, resulting in an enlargement and rounding out of the lower breast.
Although it's often called "dropping", it is more like "redistribution". The "fluffing" part refers to the impression that the lower breast enlarges and that your skin softens with the creation of new tissues. The extent to which this occurs depends on several factors, including the implant size, the tightness of your skin, and your body shape.
Patients who experience this phenomenon at a higher rate typically:have a smaller body frame
are tighter skinned
haven’t had children

This is in comparison to a larger breasted, post-partum woman. Patients who have had implants placed sub-muscularly may find that their dropping and fluffing is more dramatic. For the few months this occurs, you may want to hold off on buying new bras. Because your breast shape will most likely change, you might buy a bra that hasn’t been fitted properly.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Choosing the right size

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Implants take weeks to months to reach their final appearance - most of us refer to this process as "settling" or "dropping". This is especially true if the implant is placed under the muscle.

I would advise that you wait at least six months before undergoing a size change. Please also keep in mind that the difference between 325cc and 350cc is less than 2 tablespoons - if you want a noticeable change you will likely require an implant that is larger than 350cc.

Good luck!

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery Following Breast Augmentation

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         Unfortunately, I’m not familiar with the term drop and fluff. These terms appear to reference changes that occur in the breast following surgery. In the post-operative period, patients have soft tissue swelling and muscle spasm. These phenomena tend to displace the implants in a superior direction. When the swelling and spasm resolve, the implants “drop” into a normal position.

         For this reason, we recommend that patients not make decisions regarding size until swelling and spasm have resolved. 

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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