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Dr. George H. Sanders

Female model for breast implantsBreast implants are one of the most popular procedures performed in plastic surgery, but that does not mean the healing process is any less important or faster. As with any surgical procedure, it comes with a healing period and guidelines to follow during the healing process. Your breast implants will begin to look normal, depending on a few different factors.

Factors Affecting the Healing Process of Breast Implants

There are multiple things that can impact the length of time it takes before breast implants begin to look natural.

Implant Placement

There are two positions in which implants are placed: above the pectoralis major chest muscle and below that muscle. Implants placed beneath the muscle tend to have a lesser chance of capsular contracture, a more natural look, and less rippling. On the other hand, there is a slightly longer healing period than those above the chest muscle.

Implant Size

The size of your implants may also impact your healing time because larger implants require more soft tissue modifications to accommodate their size. This may result in a longer time for healing.

Your Health

If you have pre-existing medical conditions that might impact your body’s natural healing abilities, you may experience a longer healing period.


Cigarette smoking constricts blood flow and decreases oxygen delivery. This means less blood flow and oxygen in the surgical area and that slows the healing process.

When Will My Breast Implants Look Normal?

To have realistic expectations, you will need to take into account those factors that affect the healing process mentioned above. You will experience a normal period of bruising and swelling before your breast implants “fluff and drop.” 

“Fluffing” is a term that describes breast tissue softening around an implant so that it takes on a more natural appearance. “Dropping” is the term used to describe the process of your implants settling into a more natural position. In general, your breasts should begin to look normal 6 weeks after the surgery as they “fluff and drop.” Of course, each individual case is different, so it’s important to communicate with your surgeon.

Common Concerns: Breast Implants and Their Appearance

Breast implants are a popular option to enhance your breast size and shape. However, it’s not an instant fix.

You will experience swelling and bruising following surgery, as well as some discomfort for a week or two. It takes time for the breast tissue to stretch after surgery and for swelling to resolve. Initially, the implants may not look exactly the way you expect, but stay calm and give it some time! Follow Dr. Sanders’ advice concerning recovery, and you should soon be enjoying your desired result.

Steps to Ensure Optimal Healing After Breast Augmentation Surgery

The most important thing to do to ensure your breast implants begin to look normal as quickly as possible is to follow your surgeon’s recommendations. These would include the avoidance of strenuous activities for at least two weeks, proper massage of the implants, and taking/avoiding certain medications before and after surgery.

To discuss your breast augmentation procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sanders today, so you will know what to expect.