If you are considering breast implants (breast augmentation or breast enlargement surgery), it is important to understand how your implants will change over time. Many people have heard about "dropping," "settling," or "fluffing" of implants, but often these terms are poorly understood.
Here is a timeline of what to expect in terms of the shape and size of your breasts over time, after breast augmentation:
You will immediately note that your breasts are larger, fuller, and rounder. However, in order to account for normal settling down of your breast implants over time, your plastic surgeon must precisely place the implants in a pocket or plane that is slightly higher than their final intended location. This means that right after surgery your breasts will look a bit high on your chest, and the consistency of your breasts will be a bit firm.
1 week after surgery:
One week after surgery, your breasts will look attractive, but they will still be high on your chest wall. It is normal for your breasts to feel a bit tight, as your skin and tissues learn to accomodate the implant.
1 month after surgery:
One month after surgery, your breasts will have partially settled and a significant amount of swelling will have subsided. Your breasts will look even more natural, sit a bit lower on your chest, and feel much softer. Many patients get fitted for new bras at 1 month after surgery, and almost all patients are cleared to return to exercising at this time point.
3 months after surgery:
At three months after surgery, you will have 90% of your final surgical result. Your implants will nearly be in their final position and your swelling will be almost completely gone.
6 months after surgery and onward:
Six months after surgery, you will have the final expected result of your breast augmentation surgery. Your breasts will have settled into their proper position, swelling will be gone, cleavage will look improved, and the shape, size, texture, and feel of your breasts will be done changing. Enjoy your new look!