What Does “Drop And Fluff” Mean After Breast Augmentation?

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What Does "Drop And Fluff" Mean After Breast Augmentation?

In this blog from Prive Plastics in FL, we explain the phrase “drop and fluff” and what to expect after a breast augmentation procedure.

What Does “Drop And Fluff” Mean?

Drop and fluff” refers to the process that breast implants go through as they settle into their final position and shape after surgery. Initially, after breast augmentation, implants often sit high on the chest and may appear fuller at the top. This is because the surrounding tissues, muscles, and skin need time to adjust and accommodate the implants.

As time passes, typically over several weeks to a few months, the implants gradually “drop,” meaning they descend into a lower position on the chest wall. This dropping process allows the implants to settle into a more natural position, creating a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Additionally, the term “fluff” refers to the implants’ softening and the development of a more natural feel and appearance. Initially, implants may feel firm or even slightly hard due to post-operative swelling and tissue tightness. However, as the tissues relax and the swelling subsides, the implants become softer and more supple, resembling the look and feel of natural breast tissue.

How Long Do Implants Take To Drop And Fluff?

The timeline for implants to drop and fluff varies from person to person and depends on several factors, including implant type, placement, individual healing characteristics, and the surgical technique used. However, most patients will notice significant changes within the first few weeks to a few months after surgery.

Typically, implants begin to drop into a more natural position within the first few weeks. By around three to six months post-surgery, the majority of the dropping and fluffing process should have occurred, and you’ll see a more settled and natural-looking result.

Myth: Breast Implants Get Bigger After Drop And Fluff

One common misconception about the drop and fluff process is that breast implants increase in size over time. In reality, the size of the implants themselves does not change significantly after surgery.

What happens during drop and fluff is that the implants settle into a more natural position, which can sometimes create the illusion of increased size. Initially, the implants may appear higher on the chest and firmer, giving a slightly fuller upper pole. As they drop into a lower position and the surrounding tissues relax, the lower portion of the breast becomes more filled out, resulting in a more rounded and balanced appearance.

However, it’s essential to note that any perceived increase in size is primarily due to changes in shape and positioning, not actual growth of the implants. Dr. Wu will work with you during the pre-operative planning phase to choose implants that best suit your desired size and aesthetic goals.

What Else Can I Expect After My Breast Augmentation Procedure?

  • Follow Your Surgeon’s Instructions. Dr. Wu will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions tailored to your specific procedure and individual needs. It’s essential to follow these instructions carefully to ensure a safe and effective recovery. This may include guidelines for medication, wound care, activity restrictions, and follow-up appointments.

  • Take It Easy. Rest and relaxation are vital during the initial stages of recovery. Avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and intense exercise for the first few weeks following surgery. Overexertion can increase swelling, discomfort, and the risk of complications. Instead, focus on gentle movements and light activities to promote healing.

  • Wear Compression Garments. Dr. Wu may recommend wearing a supportive compression garment or surgical bra to help minimize swelling, provide support to the breasts, and promote proper healing. Wear this garment as instructed, especially during the first few weeks after surgery.

  • Avoid Sleeping On Your Stomach. Sleeping on your stomach can put pressure on your breasts and interfere with the healing process. Instead, sleep on your back or sides, propped up with pillows for support. This position helps reduce swelling and discomfort and promotes optimal blood circulation.

  • Stay Hydrated And Eat Nutritious Foods. Proper hydration and nutrition are essential for healing and recovery. Drink plenty of water and eat a well-balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and protein to support tissue repair and regeneration. Avoid excessive salt and processed foods, as these can contribute to swelling and inflammation.

  • Attend Follow-Up Appointments. Regular follow-up appointments with Dr. Wu are essential for monitoring your progress, addressing any concerns, and ensuring a successful outcome. Attend all scheduled appointments and don’t hesitate to reach out to your surgeon if you have questions or issues between visits.

  • Avoid Smoking And Alcohol. Smoking and alcohol consumption can impair healing and increase the risk of complications after surgery. If you smoke, it’s essential to quit at least a few weeks before and after your procedure. Avoid alcohol during the initial stages of recovery, as it can interfere with medications and prolong healing.

  • Be Patient and Kind to Yourself. Recovery after breast augmentation takes time, and it’s essential to be patient with yourself as your body heals and adjusts. Give yourself permission to rest and prioritize self-care during this time. Surround yourself with a supportive network of friends and family who can help you through the recovery process.

Dr. Liza Wu Is Your Board-Certified Plastic And Reconstructive Surgeon

At Prive Plastics, we understand that choosing to undergo plastic surgery is a significant decision, and we want you to feel confident and reassured every step of the way. With Dr. Liza Wu and the Prive Plastics Team, you can trust that you’re in the hands of a skilled surgeon who is dedicated to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals with safety, precision, and care.

If you wonder if you are a good candidate for any of our surgical services, start with a TeleHealth consultation. After your personalized consultation for surgical services, you can look forward to treatment in a state-of-the-art office in Boca Raton. For customized treatment plans for your face and body, call Prive Plastic Surgery today at 561-717-3181.