You are really, really early after surgery right now, so you can expect to have odd asymmetries (like what you're seeing now). Give it time and trust the process. Your body is healing, and things will settle over the coming months. Talk to your surgeon about any specific concerns over time.
Time is our best friend in plastic surgery.
Thanks for the question.
Its early to talk about final results.
In my practice, after performing a BA I recommend to my patients to limit the movement of the arms for two weeks. After that, you can move your arms taking care and always with common sense.
In this regard, it's not advisable to carry heavy weights to prevent the implant out of position, and allow the formation of the physiological capsule around the implant, also to avoid pain and breast swelling.
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You are very early in your healing. It takes 4-6 months for the implants to drop in there pockets. The tissue has to give and allow the implants to drop down. You may ask your surgeon about a bando to wear to help displace the implants downward.
Hello and thanks for your question/pics.
At 11 days post op it is definitely too soon to judge the final appearance of your implants. Settling will occur and swelling will dissipate over the next few months and that will drastically affect how you look. You should bring your concerns to the attention of your plastic surgeon. In my practice I use stabilizer straps/bands to help with this issue, but it is a normal part of breast augmentation recovery. The gap that you notice between the nipple/areola and the implant may exist because you need a breast lift or it may go away once the implant is settled.
If after 6 months you still don't like the appearance, then you can consider a revision. For now, be certain to follow your surgeon's instructions, as they know the intricacies of your procedure better than RS docs.
Best of luck to you,
Thank you for your question and photographs. After placement of implants, the overall appearance of the breasts will change dramatically over the next several months, as the implants drop, and the overlying tissue stretches to accommodate the extra volume. In your case the swelling from surgery is flattening your implants and holding them high on your chest. Once this resolves the volume within the implant will redistribute towards the lower portion of your breast achieving a more natural appearance. I know waiting is difficult, but judge your results at 4-6 months after surgery as most of your breast changes should have occurred by then. Hope this helps.
The implants will drop more -it is too early to be concerned. Ask your surgeon if you can use a Bando. Breast implant displacement exercises will help when surgeon says ok.
Wait 3-4 months to drop. Check pre op photos-my guess is left breast was lower-if implants not filling left breast by 3-4 months you may need a lift. See below:
You are very early post op and the implants can sit high and be asymmetrical at this time. If you needed a lift but chose not to undergo one, then there always may be some looseness at the nipple area. Give it some time to allow the implants to settle and you can always do a lift later if you want a better shape. Best wishes.
Generally speaking, especially early in the post-operative phase
of healing, it is not uncommon to have one or both implants appear to be high
up by the clavicle. Although the “pocket” may be made correctly, the implant
may not have access to the bottom for several reasons. If the overlying muscle
or skin is tight, this will move the implant to the path of least resistance
which is up and towards the underarm where there is little or no pressure. As
the pressure relaxes, the implant will drop down to the bottom. Smooth
implants, because their surface is slippery, may move faster downward than a
textured implant with its rough surface. Because these variables mentioned
above can be different for each side, it's not uncommon that one side will drop
faster to the bottom of the pocket than the other. Similarly, sometimes one
breast will swell more than the other or be more painful than the other, early in
the postoperative phase. After the first month or two, usually things will even
out. It wouldn't be, in my practice, until four months or so has passed, that I
would entertain going back to the operating room to “touch up” the location of
the breast implant in the pocket. Sometimes specialized bras or straps as well
as massage and stretching protocols may be helpful in allowing this process to
happen more quickly. Each plastic surgeon will have different thoughts on what
the best protocol is for the patient. Your operating plastic surgeon will be
your best resource to have this information passed on to you. I recommend that
you faithfully follow up and follow the instructions of your chosen plastic
surgeon. Congratulations on your surgery, and good luck on an uneventful
It is very normal to have some asymmetry when healing. Each breast is a different surgical pocket and they will heal differently. Just be patient and continue to follow your plastic surgeon's instructions. Best of luck!
Thank you for your question. Your plastic surgeon will always be your best resource when it comes to an accurate assessment of your situation, advice, predictions, and/or meaningful reassurance.
Generally speaking, breast implants will "drop" into the pocket that was created during surgery and massaging the implants downward may assist in the dropping of the implants after surgery (for those patients who want to help with the settling of the implants). The rate of breast implant "settling" may depend on factors such as size of breast implant pocket dissected, tightness of the overlying skin/muscle layers, and size of breast implant utilized.
Normally, it takes about 3-6 months (for some patients longer) to see the final result. It is very common for one side to settle faster than the other.
Sometimes, one or both breasts implants do not settle as planned and revisionary breast surgery becomes necessary to improve the outcome. On other occasions, if the long-term breast asymmetry is mild ( understanding that absolute symmetry is very rarely achieved), patients will need to decide whether proceeding with revisionary breast surgery is worth the potential downsides associated with additional surgery.
Again, best to follow your plastic surgeon for more specifics. Best wishes for an outcome that you will be pleased with long-term.