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Breast implants before and after settling

Breast implants before and after settling

Breast implants before and after settling

Breast implants before and after settling

 

Introduction

Each of us wants to feel good in our skin, and we want to look our best and overcome any body image issues we might have. For centuries, the symbol of womanhood has been associated with breasts for their unicity, their beauty, and nurturing characteristics. But not all women are blessed with that perfect body that everyone advertises and promotes, and breasts are the most shown body part everywhere in the world. 

Having small breasts can be an image issue for many women that can develop shyness and fear of social interaction. There are women who have been through pregnancies, and their once beautiful breasts have now transformed into two saggy, shapeless pockets. This is why many turn to breast implant surgery in order to increase the size of their breasts and together with it their confidence.

 

What is implant settling?

If you decide to have this operation, you must be a healthy person, not have an increased cancer risk, or be under cancer treatment. Ideally, you should not be a smoker and have a normal weight. First and foremost, you need to understand that you are going into surgery. Like any other surgery, you will experience pain, you will need time to heal, and your body needs to regain its shape and adapt to the changes you put it through. There is no magic wand that the surgeon will wave over you to give you new, bigger breasts automatically.

There are two phases of the healing process. The first one that lasts about a week involves pain, swelling and bruising. The pain is easily managed by various methods: pain medication, anti-inflammatory medicine (like Ibuprofen), and pain pumps. The swelling will go down gradually over the next three to four months and can initially be kept under control by using ice.

The second phase which lasts for up to three months is the settling of the breast implants, commonly known as “dropping and fluffing.” Many women are terrified and go through a great scare when they discover that after that short time of recovery their chest seems tight, their new breasts are too big and higher than normal, and they also feel very stiff. Even if they are aware of the immediate result of surgery, they are still scared that the operation has failed and they will need to go through the same again. 

The good news is that this is very normal. When the implant is placed, the muscles tend to contract and defend against the new foreign object. This contraction will put pressure on the implant, and the implant will have extra volume in the upper part of the breast. Imagine you have a bag of water in your hands and you squeeze it down. It will become fuller in the upper part, and it will also feel stiffer. It is true that at first it will look unusual and it will give you a fake breast look that you probably weren’t looking for. But the key word in this is patience, and this is just a temporary phase in the process of achieving bigger, fuller breasts. 

In time, the muscles stretch and the implant settles. While the muscle relaxes, the implant drops until it reaches an intended position. After the implants settle, it might be possible for the breasts to look larger than before the settling. Also, there is another process that happens together with the dropping: the nipples move up.

The process of muscle stretching is gradual; it happens over time, not overnight. No surgeon can tell you how long this process will take in your case: for some women, this happens in just a few weeks, and for others, it can happen for a whole year. Try to imagine that this process of muscle stretching is similar to the abdominal muscles during pregnancy. Still, there are some factors that influence the settling of implants, and these are the type and the placement of the implant, your natural breast tissue, and the anatomy of your chest wall. 

There are two possible placements for the implants: behind the pectoralis muscle (submuscular) or over it (sub glandular). The submuscular placement of the implant means that this will be placed under the muscle and this is the most used technique nowadays. It is considered safer in terms of reducing the risk of capsular contracture. In this case, the settling will happen over a period of time, and the final result will only become evident in six weeks or more. With the sub glandular placement, where the implant is positioned between the breast tissue and the pectoralis muscle, it is said that the settlement period is shorter than in the case of the submuscular one. Deciding on the placement of the implant is not a unilateral decision. Many factors are involved in this decision, so you should discuss the subject with the plastic surgeon of your choice.

The shape of the implants is not that important and is not a significant factor in the settling process. The important part is whether the implant is textured or smooth. A smooth implant will drop faster than a textured one. Textured implants are usually used when the patient chooses a teardrop shaped implant. There is a risk that the implants will move and they will make the breasts look unusual due to their particular shape. The textured implants adhere to the tissue like a Velcro and prevents the implant from moving around. But since they adhere to the tissue, these implants will drop slower than smooth ones. A bigger implant will also have the tendency to drop faster than a smaller one, due mainly to the gravity that will pull it down. 

You might also notice that one implant will drop sooner than the other and this is also something that happens in most cases. This is because breasts are naturally unequal, so the one that has more space will drop faster than the other.

 

Methods to help the settling

Your surgeon will surely give you some tips to help your breast implants settle faster. There are various ways to speed up this process. Massage is most known and recommended by doctors. The goal of a massage is to ensure that the implants will have a space to drop into, meaning that the pocket space is maintained. Through massage, you will be shifting the implants inside the pockets. Pushing the implants up may help you prevent capsular contracture, and pushing them apart might help prevent symmastia, commonly known as “uniboob.” 

You will also be advised to wear a special surgical bra at least one week after the surgery. This will exercise some compression on the surgery area which is necessary during the healing process. This type of bra or an elastic bandage can also help the settling of implants because it will press the breast down and move the implants to their intended position. It is also advisable to wear a sports bra for up to four months after your surgery since this will help your healing process and the settling of the implants.

 

What if the implants do not drop?

However, if there is no sign that your implants will settle after four months from your surgery, you need to contact your surgeon and go in for a consultation. In the case of textured implants, the “drop and fluff” moment can take longer, and it can sometimes extend to a year. But usually, you will see signs that the process has begun. If you see no signs or you have a smooth implant that has not even begun to settle or they have just dropped a little, you might have developed a condition called capsular contracture. 

This is a phenomenon that might occur after breast augmentation surgery, and it has no absolute prevention method. Some use textured implants, others consider that the placement under the muscles will help, but there is no definite way of preventing capsular contracture. This is in fact part of a normal defense reaction of the body: whenever you cut yourself or undergo a surgery of any kind, your body’s response to it is the development of scar tissue. In some people, this scar tissue tends to become very thick. If you have faced this issue in the past, you will need to tell your doctor, and you will not be probably the ideal candidate for a breast implant surgery. That thick scar tissue will form around the pockets of your implants. It will squeeze them, and it will force the implants to remain in that unusual initial post-surgery position. This tissue will not allow them to drop and you will most probably need a revision surgery. The surgeon will have to remove the scar tissue and create enough room for the implants to be correctly positioned.

 

Conclusion

No person is exactly like the other, so each healing process is different. The most important thing during your recovery is to keep close contact with your surgeon, follow all his instructions, go to the scheduled visits after the surgery, and always ask him when in doubt. Don’t panic the moment you read or hear or feel that something might be wrong. The settling process requires patience and sometimes a little help. So, you just need to wait and then enjoy the beautiful result you’ve got. Remember that all good things come to those who wait!

 

Breast implants before and after settling

 

Introduction

Each of us wants to feel good in our skin, and we want to look our best and overcome any body image issues we might have. For centuries, the symbol of womanhood has been associated with breasts for their unicity, their beauty, and nurturing characteristics. But not all women are blessed with that perfect body that everyone advertises and promotes, and breasts are the most shown body part everywhere in the world. 

Having small breasts can be an image issue for many women that can develop shyness and fear of social interaction. There are women who have been through pregnancies, and their once beautiful breasts have now transformed into two saggy, shapeless pockets. This is why many turn to breast implant surgery in order to increase the size of their breasts and together with it their confidence.

 

What is implant settling?

If you decide to have this operation, you must be a healthy person, not have an increased cancer risk, or be under cancer treatment. Ideally, you should not be a smoker and have a normal weight. First and foremost, you need to understand that you are going into surgery. Like any other surgery, you will experience pain, you will need time to heal, and your body needs to regain its shape and adapt to the changes you put it through. There is no magic wand that the surgeon will wave over you to give you new, bigger breasts automatically.

There are two phases of the healing process. The first one that lasts about a week involves pain, swelling and bruising. The pain is easily managed by various methods: pain medication, anti-inflammatory medicine (like Ibuprofen), and pain pumps. The swelling will go down gradually over the next three to four months and can initially be kept under control by using ice.

The second phase which lasts for up to three months is the settling of the breast implants, commonly known as “dropping and fluffing.” Many women are terrified and go through a great scare when they discover that after that short time of recovery their chest seems tight, their new breasts are too big and higher than normal, and they also feel very stiff. Even if they are aware of the immediate result of surgery, they are still scared that the operation has failed and they will need to go through the same again. 

The good news is that this is very normal. When the implant is placed, the muscles tend to contract and defend against the new foreign object. This contraction will put pressure on the implant, and the implant will have extra volume in the upper part of the breast. Imagine you have a bag of water in your hands and you squeeze it down. It will become fuller in the upper part, and it will also feel stiffer. It is true that at first it will look unusual and it will give you a fake breast look that you probably weren’t looking for. But the key word in this is patience, and this is just a temporary phase in the process of achieving bigger, fuller breasts. 

In time, the muscles stretch and the implant settles. While the muscle relaxes, the implant drops until it reaches an intended position. After the implants settle, it might be possible for the breasts to look larger than before the settling. Also, there is another process that happens together with the dropping: the nipples move up.

The process of muscle stretching is gradual; it happens over time, not overnight. No surgeon can tell you how long this process will take in your case: for some women, this happens in just a few weeks, and for others, it can happen for a whole year. Try to imagine that this process of muscle stretching is similar to the abdominal muscles during pregnancy. Still, there are some factors that influence the settling of implants, and these are the type and the placement of the implant, your natural breast tissue, and the anatomy of your chest wall. 

There are two possible placements for the implants: behind the pectoralis muscle (submuscular) or over it (sub glandular). The submuscular placement of the implant means that this will be placed under the muscle and this is the most used technique nowadays. It is considered safer in terms of reducing the risk of capsular contracture. In this case, the settling will happen over a period of time, and the final result will only become evident in six weeks or more. With the sub glandular placement, where the implant is positioned between the breast tissue and the pectoralis muscle, it is said that the settlement period is shorter than in the case of the submuscular one. Deciding on the placement of the implant is not a unilateral decision. Many factors are involved in this decision, so you should discuss the subject with the plastic surgeon of your choice.

The shape of the implants is not that important and is not a significant factor in the settling process. The important part is whether the implant is textured or smooth. A smooth implant will drop faster than a textured one. Textured implants are usually used when the patient chooses a teardrop shaped implant. There is a risk that the implants will move and they will make the breasts look unusual due to their particular shape. The textured implants adhere to the tissue like a Velcro and prevents the implant from moving around. But since they adhere to the tissue, these implants will drop slower than smooth ones. A bigger implant will also have the tendency to drop faster than a smaller one, due mainly to the gravity that will pull it down. 

You might also notice that one implant will drop sooner than the other and this is also something that happens in most cases. This is because breasts are naturally unequal, so the one that has more space will drop faster than the other.

 

Methods to help the settling

Your surgeon will surely give you some tips to help your breast implants settle faster. There are various ways to speed up this process. Massage is most known and recommended by doctors. The goal of a massage is to ensure that the implants will have a space to drop into, meaning that the pocket space is maintained. Through massage, you will be shifting the implants inside the pockets. Pushing the implants up may help you prevent capsular contracture, and pushing them apart might help prevent symmastia, commonly known as “uniboob.” 

You will also be advised to wear a special surgical bra at least one week after the surgery. This will exercise some compression on the surgery area which is necessary during the healing process. This type of bra or an elastic bandage can also help the settling of implants because it will press the breast down and move the implants to their intended position. It is also advisable to wear a sports bra for up to four months after your surgery since this will help your healing process and the settling of the implants.

 

What if the implants do not drop?

However, if there is no sign that your implants will settle after four months from your surgery, you need to contact your surgeon and go in for a consultation. In the case of textured implants, the “drop and fluff” moment can take longer, and it can sometimes extend to a year. But usually, you will see signs that the process has begun. If you see no signs or you have a smooth implant that has not even begun to settle or they have just dropped a little, you might have developed a condition called capsular contracture. 

This is a phenomenon that might occur after breast augmentation surgery, and it has no absolute prevention method. Some use textured implants, others consider that the placement under the muscles will help, but there is no definite way of preventing capsular contracture. This is in fact part of a normal defense reaction of the body: whenever you cut yourself or undergo a surgery of any kind, your body’s response to it is the development of scar tissue. In some people, this scar tissue tends to become very thick. If you have faced this issue in the past, you will need to tell your doctor, and you will not be probably the ideal candidate for a breast implant surgery. That thick scar tissue will form around the pockets of your implants. It will squeeze them, and it will force the implants to remain in that unusual initial post-surgery position. This tissue will not allow them to drop and you will most probably need a revision surgery. The surgeon will have to remove the scar tissue and create enough room for the implants to be correctly positioned.

 

Conclusion

No person is exactly like the other, so each healing process is different. The most important thing during your recovery is to keep close contact with your surgeon, follow all his instructions, go to the scheduled visits after the surgery, and always ask him when in doubt. Don’t panic the moment you read or hear or feel that something might be wrong. The settling process requires patience and sometimes a little help. So, you just need to wait and then enjoy the beautiful result you’ve got. Remember that all good things come to those who wait!

 

Wilberto Cortes

cosmeticinfo@drhourglass.com

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