Why are my breasts so uneven, swollen and sticking out under my arms? (Photo)
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Breast Augmentation/Breast Implants/Anatomic Gummy Bear Implants/ Silicone Implants/Breast Implant Revision
Breast augmentation recovery
Implants riding high and nipples in the lower position.
I humbly request you to not be discouraged and know that you are not alone in feeling this. Large number of women experience differences in their breasts few days to few weeks after surgery and feel awful. After waiting for a few months, they finally get the results they were hoping for.
Implants initially sit high up because the chest muscles and surrounding breast tissues have not become accustomed to the implant resulting in tightness. You have to allow gravity to take effect, and overtime, natural tissue expansion will allow the implants to fall into place causing your breasts to appear more natural, softer, and rounder. Once that happens, the implant will sit directly behind the breast tissue in a natural 45:55 breast ratio, and the nipples will move up higher. Currently, there is excessive upper pole fullness (> 55:45), so in time, this will change.
Please note that it is not uncommon for breasts to heal and adapt to implants at different rates. In fact, the process I described above can occur quicker in one breast over another. The swelling is a normal outcome from surgery and it often becomes minimal by 4-6 weeks.
You may have to wait 3-6 months for the final results. So there is a lot of time for the “drop and fluff.” If the breasts still appear different at that point in time, then you may share your concerns with your surgeon and they should be able to fix the problem.
If any implant does not drop with time, then it may be the case that the muscle attachments or the inframammary fold attachments are really strong and they may be preventing the implant from dropping completely. You may require an IMF release in the future to symmetrize the breasts if it does not get better for time.
With persistent inward and downward breast massaging, along with pole wraps, the breasts drop.
Patience is key!
Please continue to have regular follow-ups with your surgeon to make sure your breasts are healing beautifully. Their recovery instructions should take precedence over all else you read here as they are better informed about your surgical details.
Hope this helps.
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Why are my breasts so uneven, swollen
Drop & Fluff
Thank you for your question and photos. Believe it or not, this is what your breasts are expected to look like early post op. There is pressure in your swollen, tight tissues displacing implant volume up and outward, as well as swollen pectoral muscles contributing to the squared look. You can expect things to begin to relax around 2 weeks post op but the whole drop & fluff process will take between 2-6 months. Your breasts can be expected to look far different than they do now when the implants have settled. I recommend that you contact your Plastic Surgeon so that they can advise you about what to expect throughout recovery.
All the best
Breast augmentation - result doesn't look right
- Your implants are under the muscle -
- After the muscle is lifted up, it goes into spasm, forcing the implant higher.
- It takes time for the implants to settle in place - sometimes days, sometimes months.
- You may also have a somewhat large implant for a somewhat small chest, so until the implants settle they won't look right.
- Let your surgeon know your concern and see her/him frequently to be sure your implants settle as they should.
Early post operative
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