Why is my Left Breast Not Round? (photo)

I got my 600cc saline, high profile, submuscular implants 2 weeks ago. My right breast is nice and round, but my left breast looks flat on the side and oblong. Why could this be? Should I be worried? It doesn't hurt any more than my right breast..

Doctor Answers 11

Breast Augmentation 2 weeks ago, shape difference

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I know it seems like both of our breasts should heal at the same rate, but typically, they don't like to cooperate.  One side can drop sooner than the other or one side can stay swollen longer than the other, you never know.  With that said, you are just 2 weeks out of surgery, so it's quite soon for you to worry about final shape.  You look like you are healing well and on track, so keep up the good work.  Try to be patient because it can take another few months before your breasts settle and anywhere from 3-6 months before you see final shape.  ac

Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon

Shaping Takes Time After Breast Augmentation!

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It is entirely normal to see differences like the ones you see in the first weeks after breast augmentation.  The skin needs time to grow, relax, soften after breast implants are placed. Most people continue to see shape improve and breasts soften for 6 months or longer after their breast augmentation!

Paul C. Zwiebel, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Two weeks post op from breast augmentation, not the same.

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Thank you for the photos.  Only two weeks out, it is very hard to say anything about the final outcome.  Breast implants tend to start dropping into place after 3 to 4 weeks.  They usually will get to their final position in 6 to 12 months.  One will drop faster than the other, also the shape may go through changes.  Please follow your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon's post op instructions.  Please also let them know your thoughts and concerns.

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Why is my Left Breast Not Round?

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With steristrips still in place this is apparently a very early post op photo, and the implants are rather large. On the posted photos I am having a difficult time seeing much of a difference between the two sides. 

At any rate, with under the muscle implants the pectoral muscles will take 3 months or so to relax and accommodate the implants, and it is quite common in patients who wind up nice and even to have asymmetry early on since the muscles are not even--the one on the handed side is larger and stronger. 

Follow with you surgeon, best wishes during your continued recovery. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon

Breast asymmetry after augmentation.

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Hi A2Dfinally. Don't worry!  You have a normal, early postoperative appearance, and I am sure you will have a beautiful final result.  Your implants are very large for your frame, and I expect it to take longer for the swelling to resolve, and the implants to settle. 

Lewis Ladocsi, MD, FACS
Richmond Plastic Surgeon

Early results after BA

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Your breasts looks like they are healing normally after just 2 weeks. It will take at least 2-3 months for the implants to settle. Be patient.

Pocket is likely still tight

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Dear A2D,

Thank you for the photos.  I suspect the pocket on the left is a little too tight.  At 2 weeks after surgery there is plenty of time left for the pocket to relax and for the breast shape to improve.  This of course depends on how your breast tissue was before surgery.  Your plastic surgeon will be the best to guide you through this process in terms of massage or implant displacement.

All the best,

Dr. Remus Repta


Remus Repta, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 173 reviews

Size Selection in Breast Augmentation

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The most critical factor in choosing the proper implant in breast augmentation is breast width. This is determined by directly measuring the existing breast tissue in clinic with the use of calipers. Once this is determined, the implant base width is established. To achieve a larger-sized breast with a given implant base width, the profile of the implant must be increased. At the upper end of this spectrum, for example, is the ultra high profile implant (Common Range: moderate profile-->moderate plus-->high profile-->ultra high profile). When the implant base width does not match the breast base width, the implants are forced laterally toward the underarm, and centrally toward the midline. Pocket dissection is based on implant size. When the implant size exceeds the size of the breast/chest (i.e. when large breast implants are selected) distortions of the breast can occur and asymmetry can result.

Breast augmentation

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Hi there 

thank you for your kind question

at 2 weeks, it is far too early to make any judgments as you will have swelling for quite a while yet. I am sure most of this will settle but perhaps you could obtain a 'kick strap' which fastens around the top of the breasts and helps maintain position.

Please take things easy and good luck with your post-operative recovery

I am sure your surgeon will help when you are reviewed.

Paul Banwell< Plastic Surgeon, London and East Grinstead

Breast Augmentation 2 weeks Ago

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You are in the early healing phase.  It will take weeks for your breast to settle and round out.  Discuss the use of a breast band with your Plastic Surgeon.  This may help your breast settle a little faster.  Best wishes!

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 61 reviews

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