Why Do my Breasts Look Very Funny After Surgery, Smaller and Spaced Apart? (photo)

I got my BA two days ago, I know its still kind of early but I'm really scared. I really wanted cleavage(naural looking) but my ps said that my breasts are spaced too far apart. I thought they were cute before and now they look ugl, idk if it is because it is so soon or what. They are so far apart and my nipples are so low. They also look small from the front and big from the side. Will they settle so the nipple is in a normal position? Will they get any closer together? Or look like they are?

Doctor Answers 7

2 days post op

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At two days post op its very early. Your breasts will settle and change for the next couple months. If you are unhappy at that point im sure you can revise them or go with a bigger implant.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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2 days post-op is too early to judge breast augmentation results

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2 days is way too early to judge the results of your breast augmentation surgery.  Your breasts are swollen, the soft tissues have not yet accomodated to the increased volume, and your implants have not yet "settled" into place.  Looking at your photos, your implants have been symmetrically placed, centered behind the nipple, as they should be.  Putting them closer together to produce more cleavage would look very unnatural.  Things will improve over time (including your cleavage and nipple position).  Be patient and follow your doctor's instructions.

Post-Operative Swelling Following Breast Augmentation

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Your post-operative pictures demonstrate severe swelling with poor definition of anatomic structures. For this reason, it's virtually impossible to make aesthetic judgements about your breasts two days following breast augmentation surgery. This period of time is characterized by rapid change. During this dynamic period, swelling, muscle spasm and the wound healing process itself all contribute to changes in the appearance of a woman's breasts.

Patients undergoing breast augmentation can anticipate significant swelling in the immediate post-operative period. This swelling resolves quickly with the vast majority being gone in about three weeks. Almost all of the visible swelling is gone in 4 to 6 weeks, but small amounts of residual swelling may be present for up to 3 to 4 months following surgery.

Compression bras and dressings are frequently used following breast augmentation to minimize swelling. Swelling can add to a patient's post-operative discomfort. It can also increase anxiety regarding breast size and shape immediately after surgery.

For these reasons, we feel it's important for the patient and the surgeon to have good communication regarding this topic immediately following surgery. In this situation, a little reassurance can go a long way towards making this a more comfortable experience.

2 days is too early

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Your body hasn't adjusted to the presence of your implants, yet. Therefore, they're compressed somewhat by your tissues. Wait about 4 months for tissue expansion to occur, and your implants will gradually fall into place for a more natural look.

Ronald Levine, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Breast augmentation

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At two days you ae way to early to see the post-op final rsults. You need to give it a few months for things to settle down.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Breast augmentation, 2 days postop.

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2 days postop. is way too early to make any judgements regarding final outcome.  The soft tissues need to stretch and allow things to settle down.  The implants do need to be positioned over the nipple, however, and your own natural tissues, size of implant and type of bra will all determine amount of cleavage. 

Stephen Delia, MD
Boston Plastic Surgeon

Breast Augmentation Results?

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Thank you for the question and pictures.

As you have stated, it is much too early (2 days out of surgery)  to evaluate the results of your breast augmentation surgery. It is very likely that during the next few weeks/months the breast implants will “settle” and the nipple/areola complexes will sit higher on the breast mounds.

It does appear based on your pictures that the breast implants have been positioned correctly below the nipple areola complexes. The space between your breasts  is the natural spacing that exist between your breasts before surgery. If your plastic surgeon attempted to change this distance significantly,  you may have ended up with a complication such as medial breast implant malposition.

Although easier said than done, I would suggest that you not worry about the appearance of the breasts at this point;  understand that they will be undergoing significant changes in the next few weeks to months. In my practice, I ask my patients to wait at least 6 months before evaluating the end results of surgery.

I hope this helps.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.