I had 400cc saline implants put in over the muscle 3 days ago. I am 5'10" and about 140lbs. I was big breasted beofre but lost a lot of volume after pregnancy and breastfeeding. I am not too sore but seem to be very tight and swollen. I know it is to be expected, but I am curious as to how much the swelling will go down. I was told to expect a full C cup or a small D and right now I measure an E cup and they appear quite asymmetrical. I'ma bit worried and could use some reassurance. Thank You
How Much Will Swelling Reduce After Breast Implants? (photo)
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Swelling after breast augmentation
Your breast is probably not swollen, and the subglandular implant under thin cover has given a round and projected look that we hope you discussed carefully before your procedure. A softer more natural augmentation might be had with a submuscular moderate profile implant, perhaps a smaller volume. Some asymmetry is to be expected as the skin envelope is different right to left.
Your augmantation result should improve with time.
Thank you for your question. From your pictures, it appears that you and your surgeon decided on saline implants in the submammry plane, through an inframammary incision. It is very early after surgery and swelling is not uncommon. Swelling will improve with time and your breasts will improve in appearance. The asymmetry that you see likely will improve with time if it wasn't present pre-operatively.
Pre-operatively, when you did your sizing in her office, you should have determined what implant size was correct for you. Your final result will look like your sizer did, don't worry.
In my practice, most patients chose submuscular, cohesive gel implants. I use both Allergan and Mentor implants and all implant styles. I find cohesive gel implants, placed under the muscle, give the most natural, soft, appearing breasts with no ripples. I get my patients to do arm movements immediately after surgery. We start advil day 2. Implant movements are started 6 days post operatively. .
I would keep your booked follow up appointments with your surgeon and follow the recommend post operative care instructions. In the event that you need a second opinion, I am in your city and would be happy to see you at any time.
All the Best. Scott Barr, MD, FRCSC, Plastic Surgeon.
Swelling lasts for many months in breast augmentation
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Compression bras and dressings are frequently used following breast augmentation, to minimize swelling.Swelling can add to a patient’s postoperative discomfort.It can also increase anxiety regarding breast size immediately following 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.
Expect swelling to decrease over the next 3 months
Still early in recovery
Swelling after implants
Having moderate swelling and asymmetry after a breast augmentation is normal. Obviously any sudden change in shape, skin temperature, color or discharge is cause for concern. These should be discussed with your plastic surgeon ASAP. Most patients expect to be swollen the day after surgery and perfect afterwards. Unfortunately it takes 3-6 months to see the final results.
Good luck and thank you for your question.
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How Much Will Swelling Reduce After Breast Implants?
Swelling from breast augmentation comes from swelling of the pectoral muscle, from the skin and breast tissue itself and from fluid that is around the implant for a while after the surgery. At 3 days you likely have all 3 and it is common to have asymmetry. You won't know the answer to your question for certain for 2-3 months. That is just normal.