Is my Breast Implants Placed Too High? 4 Days Post-Op (photo)

In my initial consultation, my PS and I agreed on 300-325cc of silicone gel. He told me he would use HP implants on me because I have a narrow chest. I didn't feel like I have a narrowed chest, with a 30" rib cage. I wanted to be full on the bottom and not so much of an upper pole fullness. So I asked him to order me moderate plus and he agreed it would be fine also. Now I feel like I made a mistake on the moderate plus because the implants right now are really high. With time would this really settle?

Doctor Answers 14

4 months to let them drop, then assess

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Better to wait 4 months for your breasts to drop and settle before you make an assessment of your results. Right now, they're riding high which is typical of the early stages of recovery.

Implants too High

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Though implants can end up (or placed) in the "wrong" position, at only 4 days post-op it's way too soon to make that determination. Your implants will settle with time and come down to a more normal position. It may take as long as 6 months, but usually takes 2-3. Fear not, it will get better. 

Are your implants too high?

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Yes your implants are too high...but it has only been a short time and things should improve. It may take 4-6 months to know for sure if you will need a revision. While most surgeons will say that the implants ALWAYS drop, I do not entirely agree and I personally feel that if the implants start out very high, they will never get to the correct position and a revision is very likely. Good Luck, be patient. Call your surgeon if you are concerned though.

Implants Riding High

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Your implants are riding high as a result of being in the submuscular position. This is normal and will improve dramatically with time. Too early to evaluate results...try to relax. Discuss your concerns further with your surgeon at your next visit.  All the best.

Implant High

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Of course your breasts are too high! You had surgery 4 days ago! That is the way they are supposed to look 4 days and even 6 weeks after surgery. They should settle over the next 3 months. Congratulations!

Breast settling after procedure

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Thank you for your question and for sharing your photos. It is definitely too early to tell whether this is the final resting place for your implants. With aggressive massage, you may find that the implants do continue to descend over the next several months. Keep a close follow-up with your surgeon.

Is my breast implants placed too high? 4 days postoperative.

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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. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!

Your breast implants will drop into a more normal position over the next 6-8 weeks. Do not be worried at 4 days

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Thank you for your question. Your breasts look very symmetrical after your breast augmentation and the position is quite normal for 4 days after breast augmentation. Expect it to take 6-8 weeks for your breast implants to become more normally positioned and look better. Always express your concerns to your plastic surgeon

Give it time

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Hello. Four days is not near enough time for the implants to settle and they are also swollen. Your implants will not settle for about another three to four months and I would not be too worried about your outcome until then. Until then the best thing you can do to help them settle would be to massage and continue using any compressive dressings your surgeon had provided. If you have concerns you should not be afraid to talk to your surgeon.

Jaime Perez, MD
Breast Augmentation Specialist
Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa

4 Days after Breast Augmentation and High Riding Implants

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    Implants will be high 4 days after breast augmentation in many patients.  The muscles will relax and the implants will drop to the extent that the pockets were dissected.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

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