3 weeks post operative, what can be done?

I had a breast lift with saline implant under the muscle done at the same time. I am now 3 weeks post operative and I notice one breast has not dropped yet and the other breast that has dropped has rippling. I called my surgeon and I am going to see him soon but what can be done?

It is common for one side to "drop" before the other. At this point you're still relatively early in the post-operative period and you should be patient. If you surgeon recommends, you can use a strap such as the "bandeau" t put a little downward pressure on the upper implant and help it settle. Similarly, a sports bra placed across the upper chest above the breasts can accomplish the same thing. The key here is time. Be patient but be consistent about the strap. A few hours a day will do little. Continuous pressure (even light pressure) for days and weeks continuously will be more beneficial.

There may be little that can be done about the rippling. Rippling is a common issue with saline implants. It is best "camouflaged" by having as much breast tissue over the implant as possible. You mentioned that the implants are already under the muscle, so your surgeon has already done what is commonly done to cover the implants. FYI - Larger implants will ripple more than smaller ones. If your implants are especially large for your frame or the amount of breast tissue that you have then a change to smaller implants or to silicone implants (silicone implants are more forgiving and tend not to ripple) might be something to consider if the rippling becomes a significant issue long term. At this time, however, just relax and be patient through the recovery period. You still have a while to go. Best wishes!

Alexander G. Nein MS, MD
Alexander G. Nein MS, MD
2400 Patterson StNashvilleTN37203US

Alexander G. Nein MS, MD

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Three weeks is early in recovery and the other implant may drop over the next few weeks.

Ask your surgeon if breast implant displacement exercises and a pole wrap may help speed the process. Unfortunately rippling tends to occur in saline implants

Brooke R. Seckel MD, FACS
Brooke R. Seckel MD, FACS
195 Commonwealth AvenueBostonMA02116US

Brooke R. Seckel MD, FACS

195 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

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