Q&A: WILL MY BREAST IMPLANTS LOOK BIGGER ONCE THEY DROP?

"Hi there, I am 5″11/2, 125 lbs 30″ ribcage. Before ba I was a 36b but did not fill it out. I am happy with the shape but feel they do not look big enough from the side view. I’m 18 day post op and they are still very sore too touch and tight. I spoke to my surgeon yesterday and she said 400cc is fairly large and once they settle they should project more and be larger. I’m feeling very depressed thinking I should have went bigger. Please help me by giving me some insight. Thanks!"

DR. POUSTI: Will my breast implants look bigger once they drop?

Congratulations on having undergone the breast augmentation procedure. No one will be able to predict exactly what cup size you will wear or whether the breast will look slightly smaller or slightly larger in the longer term. Variables involved include the presence of swelling currently and the disputed phenomenon called “dropping and fluffing” that occurs after several weeks. In my practice, I have seen this phenomenon occur; the breasts appear larger as the implants “settle”.

It may be helpful to you to know that many patients, shortly after breast augmentation surgery is performed, feel their breasts are “too small” or “too big”, only to be very pleased with the longer-term outcome of the procedure performed.

At this point, I would suggest continued patience and continued follow-up with your plastic surgeon. Stay emotionally even keeled during the process of physical and psychological “adaptation” to the new body image that occurs for any patient undergoing body contouring surgery.

Best wishes; hopefully you will be very pleased with the longer-term outcome of the procedure performed.

Original answer submitted in the Realself community.

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