How Long Does It Take for Breast Implants to Drop?

I Am 3 weeks Post Breast Aug/lift and I'm worried if my breasts are going to drop much. Each time I look at them looks like they have dropped more and more, soon after the procedure they were looking to high, but now I think they look how they should!! Is there anything you can suggest for they stop sagging?? :) I had 345cc Round Nagor GFX High Profile breast implants.

Doctor Answers 12

Breast implant drop

It takes about four months or so for the breasts to drop, but a few more months for the optimal results. 

Paramus Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implant dropping normally

Thank you for your question and for sharing your photos. During the post-operative period the breast are swollen, and the breast implants appear in a much higher position. Over time they descend and fills out the lower half of the breast. It may take several months for this to happen and can be encouraged with breast massage and compression. It may appear that the breast enlarges as the lower aspect of the breast fills out (at the expense of the upper portion of the breast). 
I would talk with your surgeon who can follow your progress with you.  You may want to continue using support garments during this healing period.

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Breast implants can continue to drop over a 6-12 month time period

After placing implants under the muscle, the muscles contract and create a temporary elevation of the implants. In addition, there is swelling and the skin is tighter than it will be months later. As the swelling resolves and the skin and muscles relax, the implants will settle into a more natural position. The good thing in this case is that most of the drop occurs within the first month and less and less thereafter. You can check this link to see photos of a patient's breast augmentation over 9 months.

Christopher J. Ewart, MD
Augusta Plastic Surgeon
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Wear a good bra

The full results of your surgery are still not apparent as it generally takes about three to four months. By that time, your breasts will have dropped and tissue expansion will create a more natural breast contour, with more fullness in the lower portion of the breasts. To reduce the rate of sagging, you should wear a good sports bra for several weeks after your surgery to provide the support you need. After you've recovered, you should continue to wear a good bra.

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

Breast Augmentation

Your still healing at 3 weeks after surgery, with some time your implants still can "fall" into place. We tell our patients that it can take up to 6 weeks to 6 months to see the final results and to wear a good support bra at all times.

Kevin Dieffenbach, MD
Oahu Island Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

Implants Dropping after surgery

Your photos show a very nice result after surgery - congratulations! The implants will drop into the pocket that was created during surgery and massaging the implants downward will assist in the dropping of the implants after surgery (for those patients who want to help with the settling of the implants).  Talk to your surgeon and see what he/she recommends for you in terms of supportive bra, etc. to support the breasts where they are currently. Normally, it takes about 3 months (for some patients longer) to see the final result.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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How long does it take for breast implants to settle?

Thank you for your question and congratulations on your breast augmentation and mastopexy procedure.  It can take up to 3-4 months for your implants to settle completely and can be helped with proper compression and breast massage.  When your implants are placed and in the immediate post-op period, your breasts will appear swollen with the implants sitting in a very high and unnatural appearance.  With time, your implants will settle and fill out the lower pole of the breast as your muscle, tissue and skin stretch to accommodate your implants and this additional volume.  

Some patients settle quite quickly, while others can take months to achieve their final results and I would recommend scheduling a follow up with your operating surgeon to discuss your concerns and your current progress.  If you are not using one already, you might want to consider speaking with your surgeon about the use of a good sports brea.  Best of luck!

Stephen T. Greenberg, MD
Woodbury Plastic Surgeon
3.9 out of 5 stars 58 reviews

When Will My Breast Implants Drop into place ?

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. 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

Stay in contact with your surgeon...

It’s not unusual for patients to have transient superior malposition of their breast implants following breast augmentation surgery.In the vast majority of cases, the implants drop into normal position with the passage of time.In most cases, this problem is related to swelling, skin tightness and muscle spasm.Superiorly malpositioned breast implants usually drop into normal position as swelling and muscle spasm disappear.In some cases, this may take as long as two to three months to occur.

Superior compression bands and mechanical massage may help breast implants drop more quickly.These maneuvers apply downward pressure on breast implants and help expand the inferior breast pocket.It’s important to realize that the majority of breast implants will drop into normal position without any treatment.In someone who’s only three weeks post-op this type of concern isn’t unusual.It’s therefore important to maintain close contact with your plastic surgeon.Your plastic surgeon should be able to discuss your concerns and alleviate your anxiety.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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How Long Does It Take for Breast Implants 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

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