Breast Implant Dropping Too Much Possible?

I'm 2 months PO of BA and my right implant is still high which I'm told wait up to 6 months for final results. But I can't help but think this "is not normal". My left breast has dropped and fluffed at my 3rd week PO as my PS says but has it dropped too much now? I don't know what's going on here. I'm in no pain and have resumed all normal activities and both are equally soft/squeezable. I look great in bras/clothes but nude pictures say different. Do I need revision and why? Will it get worse?

Doctor Answers 15


It is normal for one to "drop" before the other. Wait 3-6 months and it should even out. Try to relax and just wait.

Columbia Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 73 reviews

2 months may be too early

The time it takes for implants to settle is not only different with each patient, but can also be different between breasts in the same patient. I agree that 2 months is too early to tell the final implant position. Also, normally you want the nipple to be centered on the breast mound, and yours look like they are sitting low right now. That may change if the implants drop, but you may still need a lift if the entire breast and implant are sitting low on the chest wall. Either way, give it some time and keep close followup with your surgeon.

Anita Patel, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Breast Implant Dropping Too Much Possible?

Thank you for your question.  It is not uncommon for one side to take a longer than the other. Patience and communication with your surgeon is what is most important at this point. Your breast can continue to change ("drop and fluff") for 3, 6 or even 9 months after surgery.  At times, a complication called capsular contracture can prevent an implant from dropping, so do please check with your surgeon. Your surgeon should guide you through this process as your implants settle into a more natural position.

Kara K. Criswell, MD, FACS
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 73 reviews

Listen to your surgeon

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.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 179 reviews

Breast Asymmetry?

Thank you for the question and pictures.

It is not unusual to have some breast asymmetry,  especially 2 months out of breast augmentation surgery. I would agree that you should wait at least 6 months ( or better yet one year)  prior to evaluating the results of the surgery and the potential need for further surgery. 

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,499 reviews

Breast implants after a few months

First, it looks like the photo on the right is pre-op and not a great photo, but you have some asymmetry.  All breasts are a bit different. They will look a bit different after surgery as well. You have to give them  more time to settle in as well.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Breast implant dropping

definitely wait 6 months before doing any revision work.  i dont see preop pictures.  was one breast lower than the other to start?  be patient

Jonathan Saunders, MD
Newark Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 64 reviews

Asymmmetry after breast augmentation

In general, I would suggest waiting at least six months to allow the right implant to settle further to match the left side.  It is often the case that one side will drop before the other.  Breast massage exercises may help.  If you are concerned, consider scheduling another visit with your plastic surgeon.  You can ask him/her what their plan will be in the event the the asymmetry is still noticeable after six months.  Best of luck. 

Laurence Weider, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 99 reviews

One implant ALWAYS settles more quickly

In my experience, it is very common for one implant to settle more quickly than the other.  Indeed, patients often note that an implant hasn't moved for a couple of months, and then over a couple of days, it settles to match the other one.  I certainly agree with waiting for at least six months before doing anything surgically.  I'm not sure whether massaging the breast and/or wearing a band above the breast will help, but you might ask your surgeon about that option as well.

James Nachbar, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Breast implant dropping too much?

Having not seen and examined you before your surgery, and not having seen preop photos, I am not sure if you had preop asymmetry, whether you have different implant sizes in your breasts etc.  You should address this with your surgeon who presumably knows more about what was done at surgery and what healing is expected.  Breasts can settle differently over time, but if after a few months things are still uneven, you may need a revision.  But you should be evaluated now as some maneuvers to influence your healing might be instituted, such as bras, upper pole bandeaus or straps, changes in your implant dispalcement exercises, etc.

Robert M. Grenley, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 87 reviews

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