How Long Do Large Breast Implants Take to Drop?

Hi I had breast augmentation on nov. 4th it's been 10 days and I'm wondering how long on average do implants take to drop? I received mentor memory gel implants 800cc's submuscular, with infra-mammary incision. I was a full c cup before I don't know what info. is relevant but I hope this helps :0) Ty

Doctor Answers 14

Healing after breast implants

generally  two to three months is a reasonable time for healing. variables include:

  1. laxity of skin
  2. pregnancies
  3. position of implant
  4. size of muscle
  5.  size of implant

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Implants dropping

It can take several moths for implants to sit properly in the pocket especially when large implants are used and the skin is a bit tight.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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How long till implants drop?

You have provided all the pertinent information. Sub muscular implants have a phenomenon whereby the muscle contracts due to the implant position,and in my experience it will take 4 -6 weeks. You have a big implant(800cc) so the weight of this larger implant will assist in the coming down process. Other factors include how much skin laxity you had preoperatively. Be patient, do your massage exercises and good things will happen 

Charles Virden, MD
Reno Plastic Surgeon
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Implants dropping?

A large implant of that size can take up to 6 months depending on how tight your skin it. Best of luck! Dr K

Mahlon Kerr, MD, FACS
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Time for implants to drop

You are very early in the healing process and still swollen, particularly given the large size of your implants. Dropping may take between 3-6 months, if not longer, so you need to give it some time and patience.

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Implants Dropping after Surgery

Depending you your skin tightness, submuscular implants may take 3 months to find their final position, but in same cases, they may still settle for up to 6 months. So give it some time and follow up with your plastic surgeon.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Implant Dropping?

 Thank you for the question.

Most of the breast implant dropping or settling happens within the first 3 to 6 months after surgery. Occasionally, I have seen implants “drop” even up to one year after surgery.

I suspect every surgeon's experience will be different given that different dissection techniques may be employed.

I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Implant settling after surgery

These are large implants and the tissue must stretch to accommodate. This will take time.  It may take as long as 6 to 12 months to achieve the settling and the look that you are hoping for.
The implants will continue to sit high until the tissue in the lower portion of the breast stretches and allows the implant to sit lower.  At 10 days post op you are not only stretched but swollen.  Implants are sitting high.Be patient with your body.Take the time to recover safely.  I instruct my patients to avoid cardio until 6 weeks after a breast augmentation.

David K. Ward, MD
Surrey Plastic Surgeon
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How Long Do Large Breast Implants Take to Drop?

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
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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
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