Why Is One Breast Implant Higher Than the Other?

There are a few key post-op pieces of advice I like to share liberally with women in the Bustmob community!

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One of these will help you through some of the more puzzling parts of your recovery...

Your breasts are sisters, not twins! (especially the first 6 weeks)

What this means is that during your recovery, you may notice differences in the healing journey your breasts go through.

Like... one breast implant is dropping fast than the other!

While both of your breasts will go through the drop and fluff process they may not do it in unison. Sometimes your dominant side will drop slower than the other. Your dominant side will have stronger (therefore more stubborn!) muscles - it's the hand we use most to pick things up and lift, etc. 

Patience is key!

While you're watching, waiting and observing it can be helpful to chart your drop and fluff journey with a weekly photo of your breasts. 

Stubborn Sister

If you notice that you've got a stubborn breast implant that isn't dropping you should consider consulting with your plastic surgeon.

Implants can take 6 months to fully settle so there's every chance your stubborn sister is just taking her sweet time.

Slow

Your surgeon may recommend massaging (breast implant displacement) or even wearing a strap to help push a high breast implant in to the pocket. ONLY do either of these things though if your surgeon recommends it. Your surgeon's guidance is key, otherwise you risk damaging your breast pocket.

Unfortunately, sometimes, a stubborn sister can be an early sign of capsular contracture. If it's been 6-9 months + and you've still got a high riding implant you should have a further evaluation to rule out capsular contracture - a thick scar tissue that can hold the implant in a high position.

 

Your breasts may be in different time zones and one may heal quicker than the other so patience is key during your healing journey following breast augmentation. If something doesn't look or feel right reach out to your surgeon. Otherwise, remember: sisters, not twins!