6 Weeks Post-Op Breast Implants, Will my Left Breast Drop on Its Own? (Photo)

Im 6 weeks post op from a breast enlargement and my left breast is not dropping and a different shape . I notied 3 hours after the op that it was different eg alot more swollen and painfull but my surgeon didnt seen worried . im wondering if it will ever drop noe as i thought it would have by now

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It takes about three to four months

When implants are first inserted, they sit high up because your tissues are tight and gravity hasn't taken effect. Over time, natural tissue expansion occurs to allow the implants to fall into place. By this time, your breasts will have taken on a more natural contour, where the lower breasts become softer and rounder. Please wait at least four months for this to happen.This process tends to occur sooner in one breast than the other, so don't be alarmed if you find that your left drops before the right or vice versa.

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Breast Asymmetry?

Thank you for the question and picture.

Yes,  I have seen implants “drop” for up to 12 months (or more)  after breast augmentation surgery.  I asked my patients to “pull up on the skin and push down on the implant”  on the side that is slower to settle.  Although it is controversial I think that implant massage and displacement exercises are helpful in keeping the  breasts soft in general.

Continue to follow up your plastic surgeon and make sure you  are not experiencing encapsulation which may result in firmness of the breast  and/or implant malposition.

 I hope this helps.

Breast Augmentation healing and implant position

implants can change position over 2-3 month .  they can drop enough or too far.

massage, straps, bras  are all helpful in obtaining good position and healing

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Implant Asymmetry and Whether Further Implant Settling Will Occur

An apparent highly positioned breast implant may eventually drop and I would not rule it out until three months after surgery. At six weeks, however, it is not likely to change but I would still give it the full three months after surgery to be sure. I would also go back and check with your surgeon and review your before surgery pictures. The result may be a reflection of some pre-existing asymmetry which could factor in as to how a revision is done if you do not have any further implant position change.

6 Weeks Post-Op Breast Implants, Will my Left Breast Drop on Its Own? (Photo)

At 6 weeks based upon your so kindly posted photo I doubt it will "drop". But over the internet and not seeing before photos limits our advise. Seek in person second opinions. 

Answer to RealSelf.com Breast asymmetry question


At 6 weeks after breast augmentation it is too early to say whether or not your higher breast will "drop" to an acceptable degree.  You can expect some changes to occur for at least 4 months after surgery, sometimes longer.  It would also be helpful to see what your breasts looked like before surgery.  Many patients do not appreciate asymmetry before surgery, only afterward.  If one breasts was somewhat higher than the other before surgery, it still will be.  For now, I would be patient and continue with breast massage.  If problems persist you may need a revision, but don't move too quickly.  Warm Regards.

Eric T. Emerson, MD, FACS
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
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