With all plastic surgery procedures, it takes time to see your final results. While we understand that surgery is not a threat, the body only sees it as an injury, and it causes bruising, swelling and more in response. However, breast augmentation also has a unique post-surgery concern: the drop and fluff.
What Is Drop and Fluff?
Drop and fluff is a funny-sounding term for a very normal part of recovery from breast augmentation. In essence, it describes the process of the implants settling into place in the chest wall. Basically, when implants are first placed, the skin is very tight around them and they sit high on the chest. Over time, the skin relaxes to accommodate them and they are able to move slightly lower for a more natural look.
[pullquote]Don’t let the silly name fool you. Drop and fluff is a real medical term for how breast implants settle into place.[/pullquote]
This is the part of drop and fluff that describes the implant moving to a lower position on the chest wall. For this, gravity has to do its job. Steadily, the implants move lower until they can settle into the bottom space of the breast, allowing them to take on a more natural teardrop shape. This tends to happen at different rates for each breast, so things can be a little lopsided for a while.
Fluffing is the skin expansion. No matter how the implants are placed, they are increasing the volume of the breasts, which means your skin has to stretch. As the skin adjusts, you lose that overly tight feeling and the implants are able to take on a more natural shade. Once again, the breasts can do this at different rates, so don’t panic if things are a little uneven.
The Breast Implant Drop and Fluff Timeline
Every patient is unique, so how long it takes for your drop and fluff to complete will vary. However, most patients find their implants settle into place within three to six months. Be patient with your body but know that soon enough, you will see your final results.
For more information on the breast implant settling process, speak with Dr. Campanile. Call the office at 303-345-7476 or reach out using the contact form.