Are My Implants Too Large for my Frame? (photo)

I Feel Like my Implants Might Be Too Large for my Frame. Im a 5'10 175 and 7 days post op My right breast feels tighter than my left and i have type 20 600cc Natrelle implants. Right now i Feel like my breast look Un Natural even though i am pretty tall and curvy will the shape of my breast settle? My right breast is also very tight and slightly higher than my right shoould i be worried about Capsular Contracture? Should i discuss this with my dr i feel a bit embarrassed

Doctor Answers 22

Breast Implants Too Large for Me?

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Thank you for the question and pictures.

 Difficult question to answer, given that ultimately YOU  will be the best judge of the “appropriateness” of the breast implant size  for your torso. At this point, 6 days after surgery, I would suggest that you try not to spend too much time evaluating the results of surgery.  You will be better off doing so 3 to 6 months from now. You should be aware that it is not unusual for patients ( early after surgery)  to be concerned about being “too big” or “too small”.

 Therefore, my best advice would be to exercise patience,  continue to follow-up with your plastic surgeon, and evaluate the end results of surgery several months from now.

 Best wishes.

Too early to judge size at one week post Augment

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 hang in there. There is a lot of swelling and your breast tissue has not compressed. Inevitably one breast feels tighter and often riding "higher" than the other one. Often, but not always , it is the dominant side  (if this is below the muscle) since that muscle is often bigger and tighter. Your doctor may give you exercises to "favor" that breast. Wait for six months before you decide on the size. My guess is that they will become yours!

Manuel M. Pena, MD
Naples Plastic Surgeon

Are My Implants Too Large for my Frame?

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Well, it's a fair question - but not the right time!  At seven days post-op you need to do everything you can to help your body heal.  Hopefully, you had a discussion ahead of time as to what you looked like and what you wanted to achieve.  Remember, too big - like "Beauty" - is very much in the eye of the beholder.  Give your body a chance to heal, stay in touch with your plastic surgeon and if you're ultimately unhappy, you can consider a revision with smaller implants, although at that point you may need a lift, depending on how small you want to go.  My guess is that you'll be thrilled, and that you'll look back on your concerns and laugh!

I hope that this helps and good luck,

Dr. E

Implants Too Large for Frame at 1 Week Following Breast Augmentation

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    Although you have large implants, 1 week after surgery is not a good time to determine if they are a good size or shape.  Give yourself time to recover.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Breast Implants Too Large?

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Thanks for your question.  It is still very early in the post operative period, so there is significant swelling.  You are a tall woman so once the swelling goes down and things settle you may be more pleased with the size.  It is way too early to make any judgements on the final size and shape.  It is always good to express your concerns with your plastic surgeon.  Open honest communication is the best way to relay your thoughts to the plastic surgeon so he or she can help reach your expectations.  In the end you may want to exchange for smaller implants, but I would give it 3-6 months before making that decision.

Kent V. Hasen, MD
Naples Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Wait 3-4 months before assessing results

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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.

Don't judge your post op result at 7 days

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A brest augmentation takes 3 to 6 months to settle.  So at 7 days it is too early to judge size and position.  it is perfectly fine to discuss your concerns with your Plastic Surgeon.  They will be the most appropriate person to tell you where you are in your recovery and what findings are normal and abnormal.

Gilbert Lee, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Post op breast implants

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It is definitely not capsular contracture.  I think your breasts are pretty big and don't know what you looked like before.  However, give it some time.  As the skin and muscle loosen up and the implants drop, they will not seem so large.

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

Large breast implants

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Hi Shannon,
your implants do look large, however it is impossible to say what is implant, what is swelling, and what may be fluid collection.  That being said, 600 cc implant is a large implant on anyone.  Ideally you have discussed the size with your board certified plastic surgeon prior to the surgery and you actually tried a 600cc sizer implant to give you an idea of what to expect.  If you did and you were happy with what you saw in the mirror, then just be patient and wait for things to settle down.
Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Cosmetic Surgery Institute.

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 521 reviews

Does size matters in #breastaugmentation and what to do if the implants look too big?

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Thanks Shannon for your question.  Now, 600cc implants are relatively large and I assume your plastic surgeon and yourself agreed on this size of implants.  The most important is to choose an implant that fits in your own breast envelop, width and height.  You are relatively tall so you perhaps can take a larger implant.  But at 7 days, it is too early to know.  I would however recommend that you see your plastic surgeon now to rule out bilateral hematoma (serious blood collection around the implants);  hematomas are known to increase risk of capsular contracture several months post-surgery and require immediate attention.  For this reason, many surgeons now use routinely drains in #breastaugmentation surgery.  See my youtube video.  Good luck and show us some follow-up pictures.  Dr. Marc DuPere, Board-Certified Toronto Plastic Surgeon

Marc DuPéré, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 71 reviews

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