Do breast implants change in the post-operative period? It’s not unusual for patients to have transient asymmetry following breast augmentation surgery. In the vast majority of cases, asymmetry resolves with the passage of time. In most cases, it’s related to swelling, skin tightness, and muscle spasm. Superiorly malpositioned breast implants usually drop into normal position as swelling and muscle spasms disappear. In some cases, this may take as long as two to three months to occur.
Superior compression bands and mechanical massage may help breast implants drop more quickly. These maneuvers apply downward pressure on breast implants and help expand the inferior breast pocket. It’s important to realize that the majority of breast implants will eventually drop into normal position without any treatment.
In rare cases, surgical expansion of the breast pocket may be necessary but shouldn’t be undertaken for at least six months following surgery. This allows adequate time for conservative measures to work.
It’s important to maintain close contact with your plastic surgeon. Your plastic surgeon should be able to discuss your concerns and alleviate your anxiety.