Breast Augmentation Recovery: Breast Changes

The aim of most women undergoing a breast augmentation is bigger breasts.

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You might be restoring fullness after pregnancy or weight loss, or hoping for a figure you've always dreamed of. Either way, breast implants enable so many women to increase the size of their breasts so they have more body confidence.

Getting Breast Implants is a Journey

Whether you're new to Eden Knows Implants (welcome girl!) or you're a regular follower, there's one thing that all women should realize about breast implants...

You don't go from Zero to Hero

Getting breast implants is like a journey. You don't get from A to B (or should that be C or D [cup]!) in a flash!

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You get wheeled into surgery with your old breasts and yes, you wake up with your new breasts but they're not your 'final' breasts.

Whip your post-surgical bandages off (but, don't do this!) and you'd find that your breasts may not be as 'instantly bigger' as you were hoping.

That's because your breast implants after surgery are surrounded by your breast tissue (and muscles, if they're placed submuscular) which will take a while to recover from surgery and get used to your new breast size.

Post-op Breast Augmentation Breasts

Immediately post-op your new breasts are swollen and high (and often, funny-shaped).

I've seen lots of women say it feels like their breasts get smaller after the swelling goes down. Really, it's just an illusion that their breasts have shrunk.

What changes is the shape of your breasts. And, if you choose to take pictures of your breasts before your breast augmentation and along the way during your recovery journey you can almost see your breast 'pop' in to their new, fuller, shape!

The shape changes because the breast implants settle in to the pocket (drop) and as muscles relax and tissues learn to accommodate the breast implants (fluff) your breasts become softer (the breast implant is never hard at any stage, it’s the muscle and tissues around it that are when recovering).

So, if you tried to get your slightly firmer post-op breasts in to a balcony bra on the first day you were cleared for bras you might not see much OOMPH factor from your breasts.

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If you bring this bra out and try it on again at 3, 6 and 9 months (and beyond) you'd see a TOTALLY different effect! This is when you might see your breasts change size. Bra size that is. And it's not because your breasts have gotten any bigger, Again, it's because they've changed shape.


Your breasts change size AND shape after a breast augmentation. Try not to get hung up on bra sizes, measurements and numbers! Enjoy the (long) journey of seeing your new breasts transform and concentrate on how they look and feel. Oh, and get measured regularly to make sure the bras you're wearing fit :)

Thoughts from Dr. Jeremy Pyle

I agree with all of this. The only change I would make is to note that at least half of the women who come in to our office do so asking just to restore the shape of their breasts, not for larger breasts. It's a subtle but important difference.