2 days post op. Why do the look smaller?
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Breast lift and implant exchange
Generally speaking, a lift usually will make you smaller. Not only is some breast tissue usually removed, but the lift itself will appear to make the breasts smaller, as they are now shorter from top to bottom.
Ary Krau MD FACS
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In general, a lift (without implants) makes you a little smaller, since tissue (skin and breast tissue) are taken out as part of the lift. To confuse things further, most women who need a lift wear a larger bra than is accurate for their size, since the skin flattens out across the bottom of the cup (sorry...). So the lift can wind up making you smaller than you were before.
But that aspect is negated by the implants. With a lift you can (in theory) have larger implants to more than make up for any decrease in size.
That, however, is where talking to the surgeon comes in, because there's a limit as to how large you can go at the same time as a lift, since going too large increases some of the risks of the procedure, including wound healing problems.
Discuss this with your PS and see what the options might be if you're not satisfied with the size. It takes, of course, several weeks or even months to see the final result but it's okay to think about, and start the discussion, earlier than that.
I hope that this helps and good luck,
Dr. Alan Engler
Member of RealSelf100
It is much too early to tell how your breasts will look. Please give things some time before you determine how happy you are with the outcome of your surgery.
Best wishes for your recovery.
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