I Am 18 Days Post Op: BA and BL: HELP My Doctor Used HP! Will I Ever Have a Slope? (photo)

5"1 116lbs. Had a BA & BL (200cc, HP). I told my doctor i did not want the bob job look. I wanted 175cc and MP to adjust for saggy breasts after weight loss. I was starting from a victorias secret C. I really just wanted a BL but somehow got convinced to do a BA as well. I'm so upset. All my shirts fall in such a way that i look FAT and stumpy. The boobs look unnatural, is it possible for HP to gain a slope? Also my nipples are only ever hard, will this change? I want to go smaller.

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Unhappy with breast augmentation/lift

First things first - give yourself time to heal. At this point your breasts are going to be swollen and larger than the final result. Second, the implants will drop as the muscle relaxes over time. Third, this is a big physical change for you and it is not uncommon to have some remorse about going through the procedure. You chose to have this operation for important reasons, and giving yourself time to adjust to the new look is also very important. It will take time but you may find that in the end, you are happy with the current implants. If not, an exchange is not a complicated procedure.

Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
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I think going smaller may be an answer to your problem but since you are only 3 weeks I woiuld give it more time.Wear a breast strap across the top of your breasts to see if they will fall into a more natural position.

Robert Brueck, MD
Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
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Implants too high

It is normal for the chest muscle to contract and pull the implants upwards initially.  It takes about three months for that muscle to loosen up and for the breasts to shape up.  Many patients think they are too big or too high in the first few weeks after surgery but, by the second or third month, things start to settle and shape up and they are happy.  My suggestion is not to panic but to be patient.  If your breasts do not look the way you want them to at the three month mark, then would be the time to talk about your options with your plastic surgeon.

Edwin C. Pound, III, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Unhappy with breast augmentation and lift at 18 days postoperatively

You are still very early in the healing process. Changes will continue to occur over the next several months. Be patient! Ultimately, if you are unhappy with the outcome, then changes can be made - your situation is not totally irreversible.

To somewhat ease your anxiety, discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon.

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Implants Take Time to Settle

Thank you for your question.  I understand your concerns.  From the photos, your breasts look good.  The implants are still riding up in the upper chest, and this will tend to settle as long as your breasts remain soft and your implants mobile.   I would focus on massage of your implants and work with your plastic surgeon to optimize your healing.  A moderate profile implant might have given you really flat breasts, so you are likely better off with the HP.  The HP implant also tends to rotate the nipple upwards, and this also helps give a youthful result.  Some of the patients on my website in the breast lift section have HP implants and really did benefit from that selection.

Stephen Bresnick, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Your breasts will continue to improve

You are too early to see your final result.  I'm sure your PS and / or the nursing staff have told you this.  Trust them.  I have done thousands of breast augmentation / mastopexy patients and can assure you that your results are very typical for 18 days post op.  The HP implant is a great choice to fit the diameter of your original breast. 


Be patient.  Expect a great result that will improve with time.


Scott Barr, MD FRCSC.  Plastic Surgeon



Scott Barr, MD
Sudbury Plastic Surgeon
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Early post breast augmentation and lift

You are extremely early after a breast augmentation and lift. I would give it a few months to settle before becoming alarmed.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Yes you will have a slope.

You early result looks good.  The view you have right now is of the swollen chest muscle pulling the implant up.  The hardest thing is to be patient.  Your implant size looks appropriate for your body.  You should have a very good result from you early photos.

High riding implants.

I understand your angst.  However, you must be patient.  I will assume your implants are under the muscle.  If this is true, I can tell you from my experience that the implants will on average start to drop into a good position 3 to 4 weeks after surgery, and they continue to improve for up to a year or so.


It is tough, but at this point, you need to hold tight and be patient.



Breast Implants and when to worry.

     Your photos are hard to assess.   Lateral views seem to show convexity in the upper pole but it is only 18 days.   Go back and talk to your surgeon.  If still worried, get other opinions to help you stay calm.   You are way too early to worry.  You will likely be fine, but if not, reassess and act in 6 to 9 months.  To you and to all seeking breast augmentation or any plastic surgery I suggest the following.  Please worry before you have surgery and not after.  If you do your homework and select a well qualified surgeon calmness should prevail after surgery.   If ultimately you are unhappy, a well qualified surgeon will work with you and solve the problem.   Seek doctors that are real surgeons who are Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and  boarded by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.   If you burn lots of energy seeking a qualified surgeon and discussing your desires, you can confidently relax after the procedure has been done and be happy your doctor is the best and will work hand in hand with you to reassure and solve any issues.   My Best,  Dr C

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