How much will my breasts decrease in size after the swelling goes down?

I am 19 days post op will my breasts still decrease a lot in size after all the swelling goes down I think I may have gotten them to small in size (235 ml sub glandular) I like how they look now but I'm worries if they shrink more they would be a bit too small

Doctor Answers 5

Post augmentation breast swelling

Placing implants in the subglandular location is generally not a very traumatic procedure. It is rare to have major swelling from this procedure. It is also uncommon to have the temporary distortion and displacement you would have with a submuscular augmentation.  It is therefore unlikely you will have a draumatic reduction in size. Thanks for the question and I hope you achieve the result you desire.


Sacramento Plastic Surgeon
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Breast swelling does improve with time after augmentation

and at 3 weeks post-op, further reduction in size should be minimal.  Breasts should soften more and you may have some settling, depending on what you are doing with more time.  Focus on healing and let your surgeon know of any concerns as you do heal.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
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Breast swelling after augmentation

It is not unusual to have some degree of swelling after augmentation.  If the surgery is done precisely using a meticulous technique, the swelling is usually very minimal.  At 19 days after surgery the majority of the swelling should be resolved assuming there wasn't a lot of trauma to the breasts during the surgery.

Follow up with your surgeon and follow the post-op instructions to achieve the best results.  

Jeff T. Healy, MD
Oahu Island Plastic Surgeon
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How much will my breasts decrease in size after the swelling goes down?

Dear Gracie

In the early period after breast augmentation, the breast will both get smaller from the edema resolving and they will change shape from the stretching of the breast skin and tissues. Be patient and you will often reach your near final size and shape at about 3 months. The amount of swelling will vary based from patient to patient and from surgeon to surgeon.

Afshin Parhiscar, MD
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Size and Swelling reduction

Thank you for your question Gracie.

The size of the breast does decrease as the swelling goes down, however, it truly varies from patient to patient, so it cannot be said how much more the breasts will reduce in size.

What you are experiencing is common among many patients. When patients go home after surgery, they assume the result they see is the final result, and they truly love the size of their swollen breasts, but become discouraged, as the healing occurs, and the swelling subsides.

Unfortunately, patients don’t get to see what the plastic surgeon sees in the operating room, and as the patients gets in the recovery room, the breasts begin to swell and muscles begin to tighten. Over the next 3-6 months of recovery, the breast tissue and skin stretch and relax, the body absorbs all the fluids, and you experience the ‘drop and fluff’.

Swelling peaks at 1 week, and 95% of it subsides after 1 to 1.5 months. The more extensive the surgery, or the more physical activity you engage in, the longer swelling takes to subside. The swelling can in extreme cases account for as much as a cup size of artificial fullness.

Although you are worried about your breasts becoming too small, please know that the implant size chosen was most likely tailored to your breast measurements and characteristics using tissue-based planning. This technique allows you to choose implants that will optimally fill your breasts while avoiding all the risks of excessive stretching, excessive thinning, visible or palpable implant edges, visible traction rippling, ptosis (Sagging), and breast tissue wasting. This technique also provides long-term natural-looking breasts.

As always, please follow-up with your plastic surgeon to make sure your breasts are healing well. Their instructions should take precedence over everything else you read here.

Hope this helps.

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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