Why Is One Breast Higher & Bigger Than the Other 2 Weeks PO? (photo)

I had breast agumentation 2/16/212. Both my breast sizes were thankfully both even in size and shape before surgery. Post-op they looked the same size swollen. My left one was more sensitive to the touch, pretty numb sensation but now I am finding that my right breast is higher and looks bigger (fuller) than my left breast. They are both soft now and I have been doing my massaging. Why is this? I got 400cc silicone unders in both breast..

Doctor Answers 6

Breast and symmetric healing after augmentation

Thank you for your question and for sharing your photos. During the post-operative period the breast are swollen, and the breast implants appear in a much higher position. Over time they descend and fills out the lower half of the breast. In addition, it is not uncommon for one breast to be more swollen than the other and may even out with time (unless they were asymmetric in size to begin with). It may take several months for this to happen and can be encouraged with breast massage and compression. It may appear that the breast enlarges as the lower aspect of the breast fills out (at the expense of the upper portion of the breast).

Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Appearance will change

It's common the breasts to look asymmetrical so soon after your surgery. It takes months for the breasts to drop and look more natural, so wait until then before you judge your results. 

Michael Constantin Gartner, DO
Paramus Plastic Surgeon
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Asymmetry after breast augmentation

It is VERY common to have asymmetry early after breast augmentation surgery. This can be the result of many things, including swelling, your body's natural asymmetry, and other issues. Two weeks is very early after surgery, so your body is still healing and your implants are still settling.  I suggest you keep all of your  appointments with your board certified plastic surgeon and follow his/her advice.


I hope that helps and wish you all the best!

James Knoetgen, III, MD
Fresno Plastic Surgeon
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Breast asymmetry post-op

Thank you for posting your photo and concerns. Firstly you have had a lovely result!  Your healing more often occurs at different times in the 2 breasts and if you are right handed you may find that the right side heals differently vs the left.  I do not think you will have a significant degree of asymmetry once they have completely healed - so give it time.  Good luck

Breast asymmetry

It is normal to have two breasts that are not exactly the same, and after implanttation one may look different from the other.  However, it is still pretty early and you have to give it time for things to settle.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Healing Isn't Symmetric

The progress of healing is rarely symmetric so it's common to see differences in swelling, softness, and even position early post-op, certainly during the first 4-6 weeks after a breast augmentation.

Do stay in touch with your surgeon and allow him/her to evaluate to be sure your situation is in fact normal and doesn't require any special treatment.


Paul C. Zwiebel, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

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