I am planning on implant replacments from saline to silicone. My implants are submuscular. I am hoping for a slight increase in size (say half a cup size) and less projection. Is "dropping" the relaxing of the pectoral muscles? How does dropping work with implant replacement, and how long should I expect it to take?
How Long Does It Take for Breasts to "Drop" After an Implant Replacement?
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Implants and dropping
Implants initially after palcing under the muscle tend to rise because of muscle spasm and contraction. As time goes by( 3-4 months usually) the implants drop into the pocket a little bit better.
Drop after implant replacement
How long does it take for implants to settle after an implant exchange?
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Do breasts look the same after dropping?
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.
When Swelling Resolves, Breast Implants Will Drop Into Position
The period of time immediately following breast augmentation surgery is characterized by rapid change. During this dynamic phase of healing, swelling, muscle spasm and the healing process itself, all contribute to changes in the appearance of a women’s breast. In some cases, swelling and muscle spasm can displace the breast implants in a superior direction.
When swelling and muscle spasm resolve, the implants will drop into a more normal position. This can be facilitated by performing implant displacement exercises. Significant progress can be seen in four to six weeks, but changes can be expected up to six months following surgery.
In patients who have had previous sub muscular breast augmentation, the muscles have already been elevated. In this group, implants seem to drop more quickly.
Revisionary Breast Surgery
On average, the second breast augmentation procedure is "less recovery" than the first time around. The "settling" process will be less than the first time but because you are going a larger, there may be SOME settling time. The size and model of breast implant used may make a significant difference in the final outcome. Therefore, it is very important to communicate your size goals with your surgeon. In my practice, the use of photographs of “goal” pictures (and breasts that are too big or too small) is very helpful. I have found that the use of words such as “natural” or “C cup” or "fake looking" or "top heavy" or "crazy big" means different things to different people and therefore prove unhelpful. Also, as you know, cup size varies depending on who makes the bra; therefore, discussing desired cup size may also be inaccurate. I use intraoperative sizers and place the patient in the upright position to evaluate breast size. Use of these sizers also allow me to select the breast implant profile (low, moderate, moderate plus, high-profile) that would most likely achieve the patient's goals. The patient's goal pictures are hanging on the wall, and allow for direct comparison. I have found that this system is very helpful in improving the chances of achieving the patient's goals as consistently as possible. By the way, the most common regret after this operation, is “I wish I was bigger”.
I hope this helps.
" Dropping" After Implant Exchange Happens Very Fast
When a patient is exchanging their implants out for a larger size, unless it is twice the size of the old implant and the pocket is very tight, the implants should settle into position withina week or two. All the hard work has been done with the first surgery, so it generally occurs pretty quick witha simple implant exchange. I hope this helps.
How Long Does It Take for Breasts to "Drop" After an Implant Replacement
How Long Does It Take for Breasts to "Drop" After an Implant Replacement? The safe answer is 6-9 months.
Settling of breast implants
As a general rule, "settling" of the breast occurs more quickly after a redo of your implants as compared to first operation. However, if you go with a much larger size implant, then you might experience a "settling" period similar to what you experienced your first go-round.
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