Breast augmentation is a great way to improve the size and shape of your breasts, helping you look and feel your very best. However, it’s important to understand that it will take some time following your procedure before you’ll achieve your desired appearance.
In most instances, it takes up to three months to achieve your final breast augmentation results. While you’ll notice a larger breast size right away, it’s common for breasts to appear to rest high on your chest right after surgery. As you heal, your breast implants will gradually settle into their proper place, providing the beautiful, natural results you desire.
There are several factors that impact the length of time it will take for your breast implants to settle into their proper position. These include:
- Implant placement – Implants placed under the pectoral muscle (submuscular placement) will take longer to settle than implants placed above the pectoral muscle (subglandular placement).
- Implant type – Cohesive gel “gummy bear” breast implants fit more precisely into the breast pocket than other implant types. As a result, they will settle into place more quickly than traditional silicone implants or saline implants.
- Body type – In general, it takes longer for breast implants to settle if you are more physically developed prior to your procedure since your pectoral muscles are stronger. In these situations, you can expedite the settling process with massage.
It’s important to remember that your body must completely heal before you’ll experience your final breast augmentation results. While it’s natural to want to see your final outcome right away, you should remain patient during the first 2-3 months of the recovery period. This patience is a small price to pay for achieving the many benefits that will come once you’re truly happy with your breast appearance several months down the road.