Is this much swelling normal? Or are implants placed too high? (Photo)
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Breast Implants/Breast Augmentation/Anatomic Gummy Bear Implants/ Silicone Implants/Breast Implant Revision Surgery
Breast augmentation swelling
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Is this much swelling normal? Or are implants placed too high?
Swelling or Implants riding too high?
It is completely normal to be concerned about your results. I humbly request you to not be discouraged and know that you are not alone in feeling this. Large number of women come to conclusions about their surgical results not expecting various other factors that influence the final outcome. After waiting for a few months, they finally get the results they were hoping for.
That being said, I believe your breasts are coming along really well as is expected this early after surgery.
Any surgery, breast augmentation included, creates swelling that will take time to resolve. The more extensive the surgery, the longer for the swelling to settle. In our practice we generally tell our patients that they should wait a month before 95% of the swelling is gone and at that time they can go out and by new bras.
Although swelling may be present, what you are thinking to be severe swelling is actually the implant. Implants initially sit high up when placed under the muscle 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.
Currently, you are way too early in the recovery period. It will take at least 3 to 6 months to achieve final results. If the breasts still appear high in the upper pole at that point in time, then you may share your concerns with your surgeon and they should be able to fix the problem.
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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