'Sloshing' Since the Day of my Surgery Last Week. How Soon Does That Go Away?

I had 250cc high profile Mentor silicone gel implants placed submuscular less than a week ago. Since the day of surgery, I've had sloshing noises from both breasts. My doctor saw me yesterday and said that there is nothing to worry about and that it is not dangerous. I'm just concerned that the sounds will remain long term. Typically, how long until the noises go away? I'm a little embarrassed to move my arms around my fiancé.

Doctor Answers 11

Sloshing After Breast Augmentation

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The sloshing sound you hear after a breast augmentation is because air was allowed to get in through the incision through which your breast implant was placed.  Also, in the process of preparing your breast pocket for implantation, your surgeon places saline and other liquids into the pocket which are not completely removed.  A combination of air and liquid in your breast pocket along with the implant, in some patients, leads to a sloshing sound.  Both the air and the fluid will be reabsorbed by your body over the first couple weeks after surgery. 

The sounds you hear are completely normal and nothing to worry about.

Noises in breasts after breast implants

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"Sloshing" or other noises coming from the breasts after breast implant surgery is quite common because air gets into the pocket during surgery.  It can take about a month for this to disappear.  You have nothing to worry about.

Bruce E. Genter, MD, FACS
Abington Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Sloshing after breast augmentation is normal

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It’s perfectly normal. Women hear their implants slosh, gurgle, squeak, crackle, and even “talk” to them. It’s not the implants that are making noise; the sounds are coming from antibiotic fluids that were used during surgery and/or from the air that has built up in the pocket around the implant. As your body absorbs the
fluid and the air bubbles, the sounds disappear – usually three to five weeks after surgery.

Ted Eisenberg, DO, FACOS
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 85 reviews

'Sloshing' Since the Day of my Surgery Last Week. How Soon Does That Go Away?

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What you are describing is quite commonly described after breast surgery.  The sensation of air trapped in the tissues is also commonly described. However, any significant increase in swelling/size would be of concern.

 Best wishes.

This is not common

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The sloshing noise is very common for saline implants but not silicone gel implants. The concern is seroma formation around the implant and then changing into capsular contracture. If not resolved in two week, you may need to have ultrasound directed drainage and drain placement.

Kamran Khoobehi, MD
New Orleans Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 153 reviews

Sloshing noise heard from breast implants placed 1 week previously

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A sloshing sound associated with recently placed breast implants is not uncommon. It can be a combination of some fluid around the implant in addition to some air in the pocket. Typically, this will resolve within a few weeks. Be patient.

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

'Sloshing' Since the Day of my Surgery Last Week. How Soon Does That Go Away?

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In most cases a few weeks but there are exceptions. Follow your chosen PS advise. From MIAMI DR. Darryl J. Blinski

Sloshing around silicone gel breast implants

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Sloshing or noises after breast augmentation with a silicone gel implant are caused by fluid within the pocket, and a breast pocket which is larger than the implant, often the case with high profile implants and the more narrow diameter or 'foot print'. The fluid is caused by the inflammation of healing and will go away in a week or two. Some surgeons prefer a larger pocket and encourage massage of the implant so that it will move under the breast. We prefer that the implant and pocket fit as one and would suggest a snug bra until the sloshing stops.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

Sloshing arounf breast implants early postop is normal

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Almost all patients experience some weird fluid sounds around an implant in the first few postop weeks.  These always go away.

Sloshing noise

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A sloshing noise one week after breast augmentation may represent some fluid that has remained in the pocket. Often it gets resorbed.

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

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