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Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure that enhances the size and shape of the breasts using breast implants. Many women who undergo this procedure are curious about how long it takes for the implants to drop into their final position. In this blog post, we will answer this common question and provide more information about the breast augmentation process with Dr. Heather Rocheford, our board-certified plastic surgeon.

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation surgery involves the placement of breast implants either above or below the chest muscle. The implants are inserted through an incision made either under the breast. After the surgery, it is common for the implants to appear high on the chest and feel tight. Over time, they settle into their final position on the chest wall.

How Long Does It Take for Implants to Drop?

After breast augmentation surgery, the body needs time to heal and adjust to the new implants. It is normal for the implants to appear high on the chest and feel tight immediately after surgery. The term “drop and fluff” is commonly used to describe the natural process of breast implants settling into place and softening over time.

In most cases, breast implants take around six months to fully drop and settle into their desired position. However, every patient is different and the process may take longer or shorter depending on various factors such as the size of the implants and the placement method used.

Why Breast Implants Take Time to Drop

Breast implants are made of a silicone shell filled with saline or silicone gel. These materials are dense and heavy, which is why the implants may initially appear high on the chest. Additionally, the chest muscle may also be tight and swollen after surgery, which can contribute to the implants looking higher than desired.

As the body heals and the swelling subsides, the implants will gradually settle into their desired position. Massaging the breasts regularly can help speed up the process by helping the implants settle into their proper position.

Tips for a Smoother Recovery

After breast augmentation surgery, it is important to follow Dr. Rocheford’s post-operative instructions carefully to ensure a smooth recovery. These instructions may include avoiding strenuous activity, wearing a compression bra, and taking pain medication as needed. It is also important to attend all follow-up appointments with our team to monitor your healing progress.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, it is important to find an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Heather Rocheford. At Rocheford Plastic Surgery, we offer personalized consultations to help you determine the best size and placement for your breast implants. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and start your journey towards a more confident you.

Patient Resources

Whether a new or returning patient, we have plenty of resources to either help you get started or learn more about the procedure process. From patient forms to blogs, we have all the resources you’ll need to prepare yourself for your appointment.

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