Still not dropping or early signs of capsular contracture? 4 weeks post op (Photo)
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Give your body more time to heal and adjust to your breast implants.
While capsular contracture can be a risk after breast augmentation, it’s more probable that your breast implants are still dropping. Breast implants can take up to 6 months to completely soften and settle into the pocket prepared by your plastic surgeon. During these months, one implant may drop sooner than the other, leaving you with a slightly uneven look and a different feel as your skin and tissue stretches to accommodate the implants. Keep watching your breast implants and if they still look and feel different at 6 months post-op, you may want to discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon.
4 Weeks Post-Op Concerned About Capsular Contracture
Still not dropping or early signs of capsular contracture? 4 weeks post op
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Implant dropping slowly or Capsular Contracture?
The breast can take months to drop for some patients so, please do not be discouraged and know that many women experience differences in healing and implant adaption rates of their breasts.
Also realize that implants initially sit high up because the chest muscles and surrounding breast tissues have not become accustomed to the implant resulting in tightness. You have to allow gravity to take effect, and overtime, natural tissue expansion will allow the implants to fall into place causing your breasts to appear more natural, softer, and rounder.
With regards to capsular contracture (CC), in general, it can occur at any time, but most cases are documented in under 12 months (i.e., anywhere from 3 months to 12 months post operation). This is because it takes time for the fibrous tissue capsule to form around the implant, and then it will have to scar down (contract).
Nevertheless, CC can start early when there is significant bleeding or infection or another co-existing problem. I am assuming this did not happen, so it would be too early for a capsular contracture.
Although singulair may be helpful in treating mild capsular contracture, please do not start anything without consulting your plastic surgeon.
You may have to wait 3-6 months for the final results. If the breasts still appear different at that point in time, then you may share your concerns with your surgeon and they should be able to fix the problem.
Please continue to have regular follow-ups with your surgeon to make sure your breasts are healing beautifully. Their recovery instructions should take precedence over all else you read here as they are better informed about your surgical details.
Hope this helps.
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