How Long Can It Take for Breast Implants To Soften?
One of the most thrilling parts of breast augmentation surgery is admiring your new bust line. But you might also have certain concerns about the precise appearance you’ll have. Immediately after surgery, breast implants don’t often look “natural.” They tend to be raised on the chest and hard in texture.
This is normal. As time goes on, the hardened implants will settle and soften. They will appear more similar to your normal breast tissue, making it harder to tell that you’ve had surgery.
The hard, high-up positioning of the breasts immediately following surgery won’t last forever. It is not your final appearance. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to the softening question, though. Several different factors can affect the speed at which the implants soften.
“Fluffing” is the term used for this process. The implants may “fluff” over a period of time lasting anywhere from two to six months. If you’re still feeling hardness after the six-month mark, you should talk to Dr. Berman.
Some of the firmness comes from swelling after the operation. The placement of the implants also has an effect. As the implants drop down into the breast pocket, they will become less noticeable. It takes time for the inner envelope created by Dr. Berman to expand and stretch to accommodate the implant.
One of the biggest factors affecting the time frame is size. Larger breast implants take longer to “fluff” and settle. Smaller implants may take only a few months.
Sometimes, one implant softens while the other remains hard. This is another reason to consult with Dr. Berman, as it may indicate a capsular contraction.
There are some ways to hasten the fluffing process. Dr. Berman may recommend that you give your breasts a daily massage once you’ve recovered to a certain degree. Make sure to wait to do so until you’ve received the okay from him, as you could hurt yourself if you start early.
To do a massage, press the implants in, out, down, and up several times daily. This helps the implant to settle by expanding the breast pocket. It can also prevent a capsular contracture.
You should call board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Berman if you’re experiencing signs that your breasts are not healing properly.
If they continue to be hard and strangely shaped after six months, you should talk to Dr. Berman. The same is true if one breast becomes significantly softer than the other.
Capsular contracture is a complication that can occur when breast augmentation patients develop scar tissue around the implants. If you experience this, you will need to undergo a surgical correction.
You should also call Dr. Berman if you notice signs of infection following the operation.
Dr. Berman is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with more than 25 years of experience. If you have more questions about recovery from breast augmentation surgery in Boca Raton, Florida, you can schedule a consultation at Berman Plastic Surgery & Spa today by calling us at 561-235-3208 or filling out our online form.
Dr. Jonathan Ross Berman is a Boca Raton plastic surgeon who has been certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery with over 30 years of service experience specializing in Breast Augmentation, Rhinoplasty, Face Lift, Liposuction, and many other types of plastic surgery in Boca Raton, FL.