When healed, do implants appear larger or shrink? 34b. 5ft7. slim. 140pounds. 400ccs (Photo)
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When healed, do implants appear larger or shrink?
Congratulations on having undergone the breast augmentation procedure; I'm glad to hear that you are pleased with the outcome of surgery thus far. It is actually quite common for many patients at your stage of recovery to feel that they are too big or (more commonly) too small.
I routinely ask my patients to wait at least 3-6 months before evaluating the end results of the breast augmentation surgery. This waiting time allows patients to (usually) physically and psychologically adapt to the new body image.
From the physiological standpoint, it takes many months ( and even up to one year) to see the final results of surgery. Factors such as swelling, tissue contraction, skin redraping, implant shifting etc. come into play. Dropping and fluffing may actually make breasts APPEAR larger as breast implants settle
From the psychological standpoint, patients undergo an “adaptation period" during which time they get used to the changes that the surgical procedure has brought about. Severe emotional swings can also occur after any type of surgical procedure.
In your case, I would suggest continued patience. Continue to follow-up with your plastic surgeon, who will be your best resource when it comes to answering your question about the compression band usage.
Best wishes for an outcome that you will be very pleased with.
Size Changes Following Augmentation
It is very difficult to accurately assess size so soon after surgery. Swelling will usually reach its peak at 2-3 days following surgery and then gradually subside. What takes longer to occur is the stretching of the skin, breast tissue and muscle. Typically what you will observe as this happens is softening of the breast and settling of the implant with a reduction in upper breast fullness and some increase in lower fullness and projection of the breast. This phase of the healing process requires patience. As to why you have certain garments, that is a question best directed to your surgeon.
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