How Do Breasts Look Immediately After Augmentation?

I was told you'd be able to see the breast implants up top and your breasts loose below it. My surgery is next Saturday, what can I expect? Going from A to C (350CC).

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Appearance of implants right after surgery

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Your breasts will be somewhat swollen and look "tight" soon after surgery.  They also may look on the high side for a few months until your body has had a chance to accomodate this change in size.  Be patient because your new breasts will improve in appearance as you recover.

Southport Plastic Surgeon
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Breast appearance after surgery

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The breasts typically look great on the table.  After the surgery early on there is usually swelling, and often spasm of the pectoralis major muscles.  Recovery will take some time and patience.  Often plastic surgeons will have protocols to make them look more presentable sooner after surgery.

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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How will my breast look after breast augmentation

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How your breasts will look after breast augmentation surgery is not only dependent upon the patient body type but also choosing the right plastic surgeon. Finding the right plastic surgeon and discussing expectations is key. Implants are typically high following surgery due to swelling but descend to their appropriate position within 3-6 months in most cases.

Breast appearance immediately following breast augmentation surgery

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Breasts often look great immediately following breast augmentation surgery. In some cases they be slightly swollen or firm. But generally, the appearance immediately post-operatively is very good. 

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Expect swelling right after the surgery

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It is important to explain to the patient what to expect right after the surgery and in the period that follows. Immediately following the surgery, the breasts will be swollen and raised, making them appear bigger than the final result. This appearance will change as the swelling resolves in the following weeks or months. Additionally, the skin will relax, and the implant will drop, no longer appearing as high on the chest.

I hope that answers your question on how breasts look just after surgery. It’s great that you’re doing this research. I always say that the best patients are informed patients.

You might also want to research your options for breast implants. Choosing the right implant is the number one concern among women considering breast augmentation. Did you know, there’s actually a way to select an implant shape, size, and profile that is perfect for you?

A term that I use with my patients for the perfect implant is the “Pony Implant”.

So what do I mean by “perfect”? Well, a Pony Implant has three qualities to it. First, the implant meets your beauty goals. For example, you want to your breasts to look fuller while still appearing natural.

Second, when you choose your Pony Implant, you walk out of your consultation 100% confident that you’ve chosen the right shape and size for you. In other words, you won’t be second guessing your decision, and you won’t be afraid of having gone too big or too small.

And third, after your procedure, you are thrilled with your results, and say, "I’m so happy. This is exactly what I wanted!"

That’s the Pony Implant. And the great news is that there is a simple process to go about finding yours.

This issue of selecting the right implant is so important when it comes to patient satisfaction or dissatisfaction that, again, I really encourage you to learn more about it.

Thank you for reading and best of luck on your journey!

William Rahal, MD
Beverly Hills Physician
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Implants Should Not Move That Much After Surgery

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Thank you for your question. In my opinion, it is not usually the case that after surgery "you will be able to see the breast implants up top and your breasts loose below it". Usually the breasts are fuller throughout immediately post-op. The implants sometimes sit slightly higher immediately after surgery than they ultimately will (possibly 1cm or so), but I do not expect much implant movement post-op beyond that. The surgeon tries to put the implants in an attractive position during the surgery itself. Your Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon will be able to advise you. 

Factors which Contribute to the Outcome of Breast Augmentation

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The factors which contribute to the outcome of Breast Augmentation are #size, #shape, and #profile.
Depending on the type of implant used, also contributes to the appearance. Each implant have their benefits. #SalineImplants is made with a #silicone outer shell that is filled with saline water during the surgery. It is filled with sterile saline (salt-water). Since saline is like normal body fluid, it is safe and easily absorbed if the implants were to leakThe #implant shell is ordered in a specified size which can be filled to a minimum or maximum fill amount. This allows the plastic surgeon some flexibility with sizing during surgery. Often times a woman has breasts which vary slightly in size. If one breast is slightly smaller than the other, each implant can be filled to a different amount to create better symmetry. Saline tends to be a little less natural feeling than silicone, but it can also create a more dramatic upper breast appearance, which some women prefer. A new saline breast implants option called Ideal Implant™ was recently FDA approved and was created for women who are not comfortable having silicone implants in their body, but desire a more natural feeling implant than traditional saline implants on the market. The unique structure of the Ideal Implant allows for a similar look and feel as silicone with the safety of saline.
#SiliconeImplants are made with a silicone outer shell and are filled with a gummy-bear consistency silicone on the inside. More women tend to choose silicone breast implants due to the natural feel and appearance. Silicone implants are now made of a cohesive gel which are anti-leak even when cut. Look and feel like natural breasts due to the cohesive silicone gel material.
#Subpectoral or #submuscular implants refer to placement under the muscle which still remains the most common placement in the United States. #Submammary or #subglandular implants are the placement under the breast tissue in front of the muscle. This tends to more common in Europe and South America. General guidelines suggest that women with larger drooping (ptosis) breasts that do not want a breast lift often have the implant placed above the muscle, although another option, #DualPlane, has become more popular. In the Dual Plane method, the implant is placed under the pectoralis muscle but the breast tissue is also release, in part, from the muscle. Those patients with minimal breast tissue should usually have the implant placed beneath the pectoralis muscle for more soft tissue padding. Also, without a Breast Lift, the breasts may appear larger and more droopy with solely implants. They will sag more and sooner, due to the sudden and excess weight. It's also possible for a “Snoopy” breast or double bubble to develop as a result. The implant with lift can also re-position the nipples which may have been affected by ptosis or drooping. One of the primary intentions of a Breast Lift (#Mastopexy) is to improve the shape and position of the breast without reducing their size. It is used especially for breasts which sag or droop (#ptosis). Lastly, another important element to a satisfying result of your #augmentation is realistic #expectations.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

How do breasts look immediately after a breast augmentation?

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Thank you for your question.  Immediately after your breast augmentation surgery, I forewarn my patients that their implants may look a little 'high, hard, and ugly.'  Because I place all of my implants below the chest muscle, it is reasonable to expect that your implants will look a little on the high side until your muscle has stretched and can allow for your implants to settle completely.  It may take several months for the entire settling process to be complete, but with patience and proper follow up care, your breasts will improve in appearance day by day.  Best of luck!

Allow 4 months for results to appear

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Right after your surgery, you'll be wrapped up in bandages so you won't really be able to see your results. However, you'll notice an improvement that will become hidden by swelling. For the first few weeks, your breasts may look a little squarish and slightly flattened against your body. They probably won't look very "breast-like" and sit high up on your chest, but this tends to resolve after about 4 months. If you have naturally smaller breasts (as you mention) and firmer skin, this dropping process might be a little slower.

Ronald Levine, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Appearance after breast augmentation

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There is a widespread belief that we simply insert a breast implant and the patient will immediately have a perfect result. This occasionally happens with the right patient, but most patients have a lot of work to do after surgery to achieve the optimal result. The implants usually ride high at first and it may take several months to achieve the final shape. That's why it is essential that you keep your follow up visits with your plastic surgeons office.

Ben Lee, MD - Account Suspended
Denver Plastic Surgeon

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