Are my Implants Just Healing Very Slow? (photo)

i was asymmetrical before surgery ( right was bigger) I got 720 ccs teardrop saline unders 4 weeks ago. my left breast is looking good, but my right breast is not! the implant is still high, nipple lower and breast tissue at the bottom where as my left breast is completely filled out by the implant. I am doing the massaging my ps said to. he says that because i went so big on my frame(i am a size 2)they take longer to heal but im still nervous.something wrong? or is my right just healing slow/

Doctor Answers 9

Concerns about Breast Symmetry after Breast Augmentation?

Although your concerns are understandable,  I would suggest that you continue to exercise patience and allow for approximate 6 months to pass before evaluating the and results of the procedure performed. Your plastic surgeon may have recommendations such as massage or displacement exercises and/or the use of a bandeau,  to help the higher breast implant “settle”.
Generally speaking (for the benefit of other ladies considering breast surgery), patients undergoing breast surgery should understand that some degree of breast asymmetry is the rule, not the exception immediately after surgery and longer-term as well. In other words,  helping patients achieve realistic expectations in regard to symmetry after breast augmentation is an important part of the preoperative “teaching”.  Patients who are seeking absolute symmetry and/or “perfection” should not undergo breast surgery.
Best wishes.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Wait A Little Longer For Breast Implant Results

Please wait until about three to four months after your surgery to assess your results. By this time, your breasts will have taken on a more natural contour, where the lower breasts become softer and rounder. Natural tissue expansion occurs to allow this to happen, with the help of gravity. Please wait until at least your fourth month to consider revision surgery.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Are my Implants Just Healing Very Slow?

I fully expect that you will see continued changes over the next several weeks.  I agree with continued massage exercises and allow more time for final results and final judgements.

Garrett A. Wirth, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Are my Implants Just Healing Very Slow

Thank you for your question and photos. Your results look good. Your also very early in your recovery from breast implant surgery. Over the next few weeks your breasts will soften and change. Final results take 3-6 months. Discuss your concerns with your surgeon and follow his instructions. Best Wishes

Jeff Angobaldo, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 108 reviews

Slow healing implants

Four weeks post surgery is too early to comment on the result that yuo can expect in the longer run

I agree that there is a difference between the left and right sides, and we all hope that this settles with time.  Now is not the time though to assess the differences and assume there is a problem

Give it time and stick to yuor surgeons post operative instructions

Jeremy  Hunt

Jeremy Hunt, MBBS, FRACS
Sydney Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 121 reviews

Not uncommon

Minor asymmetries before surgery frequently lead to differing rates of healing after surgery.  The left implant being the larger implant is heavier and may settle faster than the right.  I support post operative bands to help keep implants relatively even in the post operative period.  Depending on the implant, I also recommending massage maneuvers to help the implant shift.  I would contact your surgeon and express your concerns and certainly be patient for your final result.  It takes times and your result will be quite different 6-12 months after surgery.

Marguerite E. Aitken, MD, FACS
Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Implants and dropping

Yes, your left one is coming down and the right one is still a bit high.   Give it more time to settle.  Good luck.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Slow Healing?


Unfortunately it is impossible to answer your question, but it is unlikely that it has to do with 'slow healing'.  Currently your right breast implant is sitting higher than the left, which is contributing to the pre-surgical lower position of the breast tissue and nipple on the right.  It is entirely possible that things will improve, but at 4 weeks an asymmetry like this usually doesn't completely correct.

I don't think you should have expected a symmetrical result if you were asymmetrical before surgery (size and shape difference), and you opted out of a breast lift.  Nor should you have expect 'perky' breasts with extra large implants; no matter how big the implants, your nipples will remain low on the breast mound afterward.

It is still early, and your saline implants will be pounding away at your tissues over the next few months (water hammer effect), changing your breasts' appearance, and unfortunately thinning and stretching your tissues.  You should re-assess at 6 months and then determine if you would like a revision surgery to address any issues you might have.

Best of luck.

Gerald Minniti, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Are my Implants Just Healing Very Slow

I don't see anything that would make me think these are healing slowly. 

I do see some asymmetry, which apparently you had before surgery. Even in patients who were quite even before surgery it is not uncommon to see asymmetry for the first 3 to 6 months until the implants settle and the pectoral muscles relax to accommodate them. 

It does look like you might want to consider a breast lift at some point in the future. Posting pre-op photos would be helpful in evaluating the results. All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

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