Florence Mussat, M.D.
680 N Lake Shore Dr. #1030 Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 751-9000


How Long Will It Take for My Breast Implants to Soften?

Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic surgery for women who want to enhance their breast shape and size. As with all cosmetic procedures, once the operation is completed, there is an expectation of seeing the outcome. Unfortunately, there will be some time before you realize the final results.

Once you awake after surgery, and for some time afterward, your breasts will be high on your chest and hard to the touch. Don’t get alarmed. This is to be expected until your implants drop and fluff.

Drop and Fluff Explained

You should understand the terms “drop and fluff” before your breast surgery. If not, you may worry that your implants appear too small or too high when waking after surgery. Rest assured that this is an expected part of your recovery. Implants “drop” into their permanent position once your natural tissue adjusts to the new breast contour. The “fluff” part occurs when the implants fill the lower breast area below the nipple.

When Will My Implants Feel Soft?

Many factors affect when “drop and fluff” happens. For example, implant placement and post-operative inflammation may contribute to breast firmness. Your breasts will begin to feel softer from eight weeks to six months. Dr. Florence Mussat can be specific with your timeline during your consultation. A good rule to follow is this: the larger the breast implant, the more time it may take for your implants to look and feel natural.

Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat may recommend gentle massages to help your breast implants settle during recovery. This may include pressing your implants in certain positions multiple times daily. This practice can expand your breast pocket and prevent future complications like capsular contracture, a condition that causes scar tissue to compress your implants.

How Long Does the Swelling Last?

After surgery, you will experience some side effects, like swelling and inflammation. This is your body’s natural response to surgery. Most swelling will diminish within six weeks. Our office will provide post-surgical instructions like employing ice packs to control swelling and pain meds to manage discomfort.

Learn More About Breast Implant Recovery

You may have other questions about breast augmentation in Chicago. If you want to learn the details of drop and fluff or discuss how implants can enhance your appearance, schedule a consultation with Dr. Florence Mussat for a breast evaluation. She will answer all your questions, address your concerns, and ensure you fully understand the process.

To schedule a breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Mussat to learn more about breast implant surgery, contact our Chicago office online or call (312) 751-9000 today.