How many cups will I shrink?
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Final size after breast augmentation
Thanks for your question. Immediately after surgery there is always some swelling which will reduce in the following weeks. Depending on which pocket the implant was placed (over, under the muscle or dual plane) the implant will also drop a little as it settles into it's pocket. The time for this is variable but you should allow 3-6 months to see the final outcome. In general the size you are at 6 weeks is the size you will remain - any change after this will be a subtle change in breast shape rather than a change in size.
How many cups will I shrink?
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Generally speaking, breast implants will "drop" into the pocket that was created during surgery. The rate of breast implant "settling" may depend on factors such as size of breast implant pocket dissected, tightness of the overlying skin/muscle layers, and size of breast implant utilized. Normally, it takes about 3-6 months (for some patients longer) to see the final result.
Many of my patients report that as the swelling around the breast implants (for example, in the sternal area) decreases, they feel that their breasts appear more projecting (and that they have better "cleavage"). Also, in my opinion, the "drop and fluff” phenomenon does hold some validity; as breast implants “settle”, many patients feel that their breasts actually look LARGER. Similarly, it takes a few months for the breasts to "soften" in most cases. Most of my patients tell me that their breast implants feel "part of them" somewhere between 3 to 6 months after surgery was performed. There is definitely a physiologic and "psychological" (body image) adaptation process that occurs, at differing rates for every patient, for patients who undergo any type of aesthetic surgery, including breast augmentation surgery. Understandably, patients often experience significant emotional "ups and downs" around the time of surgery. Best wishes for an outcome that you will be very pleased with.
How Many Cups Will I Shrink?
Give yourself and your plastic surgeon a break. Sometimes swelling in the sternal area can make the implants, and ultimately your breasts, look smaller than it will actually look once the swelling goes down. Early in the post augmentation period, many women experience the Booby Blues. This is not to disrespect your feelings that the implants are too small at this point, but to caution you about making decisions whether things are too big or too small in this early, post surgical period.
At this point, I highly recommend you make an appointment to see your plastic surgeon ASAP so that he or she gets an opportunity to discuss swelling, ultimate implant size, etc.
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