How Long Can It Take for Breast Implants To Soften?

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Waking up to an enhanced bust line after breast augmentation surgery can feel thrilling. However, you may be concerned by your new breasts’ first impression; they will likely rest high on your chest and feel hard to the touch. There’s no need for alarm. This is completely normal and expected. Immediately following breast enlargement surgery, your breasts will feel hard, but over time, your breast implants will gradually soften and settle, looking and feeling more like your natural breast tissue.

When Will My Breast Implants Soften?

It’s important to understand that the initial results you see from your breast implants – high set and hard – will not be your final results. There are a number of factors that affect how quickly breast tissues take to soften. The softening process is referred to as “fluffing”, and can last anywhere from eight weeks to six months. If your breasts feel hard longer than six months, see your plastic surgeon.

Postoperative swelling contributes to the firmness of newly-placed breast implants, as does their placement. Over time, the implants will drop into the breast pocket, as the envelope created by the surgeon has time to stretch and expand, and breast tissue will soften as swelling gradually subsides. When this happens, your implants will look and feel more natural.

Typically, the larger the breast implant, the longer it will take for the implants to soften and drop into the desired position.

In some cases, one breast implant stays hard while the other softens. This may be a sign of capsular contraction, a complication caused by excessive scar tissue. The risk of capsular contraction is another reason why it’s important to meet with your plastic surgeon if one or more of your breast implants feels hard after six months following your procedure.

Expediting the Softening Process

To help your breast implants settle faster, daily breast massages are often recommended, once your plastic surgeon clears you to do so. For the massage, gently press your breast implants inward, outward, up, and down multiple times every day. This will not only help to expand your breast pocket and enable the implant to settle in position, it can also help prevent capsular contracture from occurring.

Call Today For Your Breast Augmentation Consultation

To learn more about breast implants and what you can expect from breast augmentation surgery, contact UCI Plastic Surgery today to arrange a confidential initial consult with one of our experienced board-certified plastic surgeons. Please call 714-456-3077 to schedule a consult at our Orange or Tustin location, or call 949-999-2411 for a consultation at our Costa Mesa location.