Although breast augmentation gives you an immediate boost in your breast volume and fullness, the final position of breast implants is not fully visible until approximately 3-6 months after surgery.
Aside from extenuating circumstances, I prefer to perform the vast majority of my breast augmentation operations with the implants placed under the pectoralis major (chest) muscles. This is called submuscular or dual plane placement. Not only does submuscular implant placement have a lower risk of rippling, implant visibility, and infection, but it also makes the breast implants look more natural and age better over time.
One consequence of submuscular (dual plane) breast implant placement is that the breast implants take a bit of time to migrate into their ultimate anatomic position.
Immediately after surgery, it is common for the breast implants to be high up on the chest wall and feel a bit firm. As weeks and months progress, they "drop and settle" into a nice, natural, teardrop shape with a soft, supple feel. By one month, you will have about 60% of your final look, by 3 months it is about 90%, and by 6 months, you should be there.
For questions about breast augmentation with beautiful, natural-looking results, please call my New York City plastic surgery office at 212-452-2400 or email info@LaraDevganMD.com.