I am currently 5 weeks post op with 400 silicone HP implants. I've noticed that the size has gotten smaller due to the swelling reducing. I've lost about an inch overall in circumference and was wondering if they might get bigger once the implant fully drops into place. They look so much smaller than I had anticipated but I'm assuming it's because the muscle is still pressing against the implant...
Drop and Fluff
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Muscle stretching after breast augmentation
Over time the muscle will stretch allowing the implant to drop and increase anterior projection. After about 6 mos. the final appearance will be achieved. If you are still not satisfied, then you might consider a larger implant. Good luck!
Swelling after breast enlargement
There is always swelling after implant placement that will take at least 3-4 months to resolve and often as long as 6-7 months. I always tell my patients not to fall in love with the way they look immediately post-operatively because it will change. So try to be patient and wait for your size and shape to finalize. In the mean time you can talk with your surgeon about your concerns and he/she will be able to help you evaluate your swelling and discuss possible future revision. Good luck--it's hard to be patient!
Implants now smaller
This is normal.The amount of swelling will vary from one patient to the next.they should pretty much stay this way however they may fall down a little and will over time but I don't think they will get bigger.
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Implants and postoperative size.
The placement of large implants such as 400cc HP will require some time for tissue stretch to occur. The volume doesn't actually change over time, but the shape will. This change in shape often leads to more projection as the breast relaxes and gives the appearance of more volume. As with many surgeries, your final results will take several months before they become apparent.
Breast Implant Recovery
At just 5 weeks after surgery, you will still see positive changes over the next few months. As the swelling resolves, the breasts may look slightly smaller. They will not look larger as time goes on. In most cases, I suggest that patients choose an implant size slightly larger than they like since in the office since once the implant is placed in the body it looks slightly smaller. Also, after surgery, many patients get used to the look of the swollen breast and wish they had stayed larger as the swelling resolves.
Breast implant settling
It takes about 3-4 months for all the settling to occur after breast augmentation. Try not to worry about size in the meantime. Realize that with HP implants, if they fit your base dimension well, you have the biggest result your body will allow even if you had imagined a larger result.
Wait 3-4 months before assessing results
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.
This takes longer in patients with smaller breasts and tighter skin. Ask your surgeon if a bandage wrapped around the top portion of your breasts can help.