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

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

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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Factors which Contribute to the Outcome of Breast Augmentation

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
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How will my breast look after breast augmentation

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.

How do breasts look immediately after a breast augmentation?

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

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
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Appearance after breast augmentation

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
Denver Plastic Surgeon
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Appearance of Breasts Immediately Following Breast Augmentation

The breasts you see immediately following surgery are not the breasts you will have for the rest of your life. Your breast tissue will likely appear swollen and tight, and you might think that your breast implants are sitting to high on the chest. Recovery takes time and your body will slowly adjust to your new implants. It can be difficult and frustrating to have patience after surgery especially if this is something you've wanted to do for yourself for a long time. By following your surgeon's recommendations for your recovery period, you will likely eventually see a softer, more relaxed and natural looking result.

Appearance of breasts right after breast augmentation

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.

Temporarily high and tight

Every patient is different.  Some breast augmentations look perfect at 1 week.  More typically, however, you should expect to see your breasts higher and tighter than the ultimate outcome for at least the first month.  They settle and soften over 6 months.

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