Techniques to Help Implants "Settle"
There are different techniques that surgeons use with their patients, including:
wearing an elastic garment that pushes down on the upper pole of the breast (Ace Wrap, specially designed bra, specially designed elastic strap, or what your doctor has recommended
manipulation or downward massage
sleeping prone(on your belly and chest)
These are all different ways to apply downward pressure on the implant to get the skin and muscle of the lower pole of the breast to expand to allow the volume of fluid (saline or silicone) in the implant to settle to the bottom of the implant.
This is different from an implant malposition, where the implant itself is just sitting too high on the chest.
If you can fell the bottom of your implants at the breast crease, the implants are not "too high;" it's just the fluid being displaced to the top of the implant by the tightness of the skin and muscle.
You may see one side "settle" sooner than the other: this is normal.
Follow your surgeon's recommendations, and allow at least 6-8 weeks for "settling to occur."
Sounds like an inexperienced surgeon
Making a decision intraoperatively to do a lift is unusual. It should be clear to an experienced plastic surgeon preop when a lift will be required.
Having your implants low and then high is also strange. Basically, you will settle over 6 months and know what your final result will be. Alternatives at that time include several options if the result doesn't meet your satisfaction. If at that time, if the breast looks low on the implant and the implant isn't sitting too high on the chest wall, you will need more lifting. If the implant is sitting too high on the chest wall, it will need to be surgically moved down. You also don't want to push down too hard on the implants because you don't want to have them settle too low and need further surgery to correct the bottoming out that has occurred.
Sounds like you need to stay in very close contact with your doctor and be monitored frequently for the next few months! Unfortunately, there are doctors out there who are afriad you won't come to them if they tell you that you need a lift plus the implant. The lift causes scars and costs more so some doctors hope to get by telling you that you dont' need a lift. Implants DON'T lift the breast, they only add volume. A lift is the only way to elevate the nipple and reshape a sagging breast.
Many techniques, but time will be your best friend
It's very common for implants placed under the muscle to seem too high early on after the augmentation-- this is due to anatomic reasons as well asthe swelling of the muscle that occurs during and after the procedure. We all have different ways to help implants settle into their final position, and in most cases it just takes time-- sometimes a few weeks, on rare occasion longer.
My advice would be to relay your concerns to your surgeon, but listen to his advice--chances are you will have a great result, but it will take some patience and time.
Compression devices are an accepted technique for helping breast implants drop
it is common practice to use a compression device to encourage breast implants to fall or be pushed lower after breast augmentation.
A common wrap called an "upper pole wrap" is commonly used, but your bra will work.
Downward massage can also help.
The description of the position of your breast implant sounds as though you may have needed a breast lift to put the nipple in a normal position.
When breast augmentation is done without a lift in this situation, the implant always looks high and pushes the nipple areola complex further down.
Hopefully the upper pole compression and massage will help your implant move down below the nipple areola complex.
If it does not, you may need a breast lift.
Breast massage should be considered
I agree that a breast "band-O" or simple ace bandage placed at the top of the breasts with consistent downward pressure will aid in dropping your implants into position. Also, I would recommend active downward massage displacement to each breast 4-5 times a day for about 15 seconds to each breast.
You will need regular follow-up with your surgeon to determine if this technique is working. Otherwise, if the implants do not drop within 6-8 months, you may need to consider surgical revision to lower the implants into proper position. I am a bit perplexed that you were not given the opportunity to discuss a possible lift with your surgeon pre-operatively. This is something that should always be discussed BEFORE surgery. Good luck!
Techniques for Settling New Breast Implants?
There are many techniques for assisting breast implants to settle into their final position. It sounds as though your surgeon has recommended utilizing a sports bra to apply some constant pressure to the top of the implants to help them settle down faster. Other surgeons use different techniques, but I'm sure your surgeon has your best interests in mind, has most likely use this technique with other people, and with some time as well, I expect that you will get some settling in of the implants going forward. Wishing you all the best.
Thanks for your question -
There are specific bandages and dressings that can be supplied by your surgeon to help put downward pressure on your breasts.
Massage may also help.
In all likelihood the most important factor is time. As swelling comes down and gravity does it work the position of your implants will improve.
Usually by 3-6 months the breast implants have found the correct position.
I hope this helps.
Your description of the decision to perform a "lift" sounds dubious unless you had this conversation with the surgeon preoperatively. Implants will descend with time and may take 6 months to reach their final destination. Wearing a tight garment over the top part of the breasts may speed the process of implant settling. I use a breast band on my patients that need this intervention. It can be worn night and day and may be more comfortable than pulling a sports bra up. Good luck!
That is a normal technique for pushing the implants down
A few issues... I hope that the doctor explained to you about the lift BEFORE your surgery. Many times there is a possibility of having to do a lift, but you should be well aware of this before your surgery.
As for your implants settling, it is common to wear a special bra or strap to help push the implants into place if they are riding high. It is curious that initially you were told to push them up and now you are told to push them down. However, your doctor may just be trying to get them into perfect position for you.
Good luck with your recovery. It takes about 3 to 6 months for your implants to completely settle.
"Settling" breast implants after surgery
It sounds like you have high riding implants which can sometimes be repositioned in the early post op. period by the use of a bandage or special garments. However, a consultation would be necessary to ascertain the surgical realities and alternatives