6 Weeks Post-Op Breast Implants, Will my Left Breast Drop on Its Own? (Photo)

Im 6 weeks post op from a breast enlargement and my left breast is not dropping and a different shape . I notied 3 hours after the op that it was different eg alot more swollen and painfull but my surgeon didnt seen worried . im wondering if it will ever drop noe as i thought it would have by now

Doctor Answers 11

Will the left breast fall into place? 6 weeks post op.

Thank you for the photo. You are still early in your post operative course.  Breast implants tend to start dropping into place after 3 to 4 weeks. They usually will get to their final position in 6 to 12 months. One will drop faster than the other, also the shape may go through changes. Please follow your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon's post op instructions. For example; we like message, but some surgeons will have you wait, or do it in a specific manner. Please also let them know your thoughts and concerns.

Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Factors Affecting Breast Implant Drop

The final results are mostly present including "dropping of the implant" when implants are below the muscle within the first 3 months for most and certainly by a year. Breast implants initially after surgery when placed in a submuscular position often give superior fullness that corrects itself with time, the "fluff and drop" phenomena. In reality the pectoralis major muscle takes a while to adjust its size to accommodate the implant as well as occasional muscle spasm which keeps the implant projection higher than its final resting shape. Additional variables include:laxity of skin, size difference during prior pregnancies, position of implant,size of muscle, and size of implant.
As the muscle relaxes the projection of the implant often increases and the breast shape improves. Massage and use of a superior placed elastic strap can often make this process go faster.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 154 reviews

So far so good

Based on the early photo you put up, you can expect to have an excellent result. It frequently takes more than 3 months for both implants to settle and all of the swelling to go away. 

Good luck

Jacob Freiman, MD, FACS
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 267 reviews

It takes about three to four months

When implants are first inserted, they sit high up because your tissues are tight and gravity hasn't taken effect. Over time, natural tissue expansion occurs to allow the implants to fall into place. By this time, your breasts will have taken on a more natural contour, where the lower breasts become softer and rounder. Please wait at least four months for this to happen.This process tends to occur sooner in one breast than the other, so don't be alarmed if you find that your left drops before the right or vice versa.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 176 reviews

Answer to RealSelf.com Breast asymmetry question


At 6 weeks after breast augmentation it is too early to say whether or not your higher breast will "drop" to an acceptable degree.  You can expect some changes to occur for at least 4 months after surgery, sometimes longer.  It would also be helpful to see what your breasts looked like before surgery.  Many patients do not appreciate asymmetry before surgery, only afterward.  If one breasts was somewhat higher than the other before surgery, it still will be.  For now, I would be patient and continue with breast massage.  If problems persist you may need a revision, but don't move too quickly.  Warm Regards.

Eric T. Emerson, MD, FACS
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Breast Asymmetry?

Thank you for the question and picture.

Yes,  I have seen implants “drop” for up to 12 months (or more)  after breast augmentation surgery.  I asked my patients to “pull up on the skin and push down on the implant”  on the side that is slower to settle.  Although it is controversial I think that implant massage and displacement exercises are helpful in keeping the  breasts soft in general.

Continue to follow up your plastic surgeon and make sure you  are not experiencing encapsulation which may result in firmness of the breast  and/or implant malposition.

 I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,484 reviews

6 Weeks Post-Op Breast Implants, Will my Left Breast Drop on Its Own?

Thank you for submitting your question and photo. Your very early in your recovery from breast augmentation surgery. Your implants will soften and your breasts will change over the next several weeks. Final results take 6 months. Discuss your concerns with your surgeon. Best wishes.

Jeff Angobaldo, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 104 reviews

6 Weeks Post-Op Breast Implants, Will my Left Breast Drop on Its Own?

Hello! Thank you for your question! You are still early post-procedure. Your appearance looks typical at this stage and will continue to improve as the swelling subsides and the implants continue to settle into their desired position. This usually proceeds over the next several weeks as the lower pole skin/breast stretches to accommodate the implants. Follow-up closely with your surgeon for additional restrictions/instructions and the potential use of bras/garments or massage that may encourage the implant to settle appropriately. If still displaced after this time, a surgical procedure may be necessary to further open the pocket and bring the implant(s) down. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Breast Augmentation healing and implant position

implants can change position over 2-3 month .  they can drop enough or too far.

massage, straps, bras  are all helpful in obtaining good position and healing

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

Breast Implant Asymmetry and Whether Further Implant Settling Will Occur

An apparent highly positioned breast implant may eventually drop and I would not rule it out until three months after surgery. At six weeks, however, it is not likely to change but I would still give it the full three months after surgery to be sure. I would also go back and check with your surgeon and review your before surgery pictures. The result may be a reflection of some pre-existing asymmetry which could factor in as to how a revision is done if you do not have any further implant position change.

Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 71 reviews

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