How do I know if I have implant displacement?

Since surgery, my right breast has done really well—it’s dropped and fluffed. My left, however, is still struggling and is showing no signs of dropping. The only progress thus far is the swelling is gone and no more pain. The implant itself is still sitting where my surgeon put it. My skin has stretched at the bottom but it’s empty. I am embarrassed about how I look. I’ve expressed this concern to my doc be he just says watch and wait but gives no explanation for the problem.

Answers from doctors (4)


More About Doctor David J. Levens, MD

Published on Jun 14, 2021

Not uncommon. Early massage and/or specialized compression wrapping (bandeau bra) can help with improved positioning of your implants. Discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon or his/her staff.

Answered by David J. Levens, MD (View Profile)

Not uncommon. Early massage and/or specialized compression wrapping (bandeau bra) can help with improved positioning of your implants. Discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon or his/her staff.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Joseph Cruise, MD

Published on Oct 04, 2018

Without knowing how far out you are from surgery, it is hard to give you the proper response. It is not uncommon for one implant to drop quicker than the other. If a patient of mine experiences this issue, I recommend aggressive massaging on the side that isn't dropping along with wearing a stabilizer band that is only placed over that same breast. There are rare instances where the implant just won't drop into position, but I can typically correct this by performing an in-office procedure under local anesthesia and a mild sedative.

Answered by Joseph Cruise, MD (View Profile)

Without knowing how far out you are from surgery, it is hard to give you the proper response. It is not uncommon for one implant to drop quicker than the other. If a patient of mine experiences this issue, I recommend aggressive massaging on the side that isn't dropping along with wearing a stabilizer band that is only placed over that same breast. There are rare instances where the implant just won't drop into position, but I can typically correct this by performing an in-office procedure under local anesthesia and a mild sedative.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Harry Glassman, M.D.

Published on Oct 04, 2018

Unfortunately, if your implant is positioned too high on your chest wall, you will need an additional surgery to reposition it. I would suggest waiting four to five months from the time of the primary surgery until the revision is performed.

Answered by Harry Glassman, M.D. (View Profile)

Unfortunately, if your implant is positioned too high on your chest wall, you will need an additional surgery to reposition it. I would suggest waiting four to five months from the time of the primary surgery until the revision is performed.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Ultimately, this is a question of timing. Early results will change over time as swelling settles and tissue stretches. Asymmetry is not uncommon. This process can take several months to completely resolve.

If you are greater than 6 months post-op, these changes are unlikely to resolve and you may need operative revision. Otherwise, I would encourage patience.

As always, discuss your concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon (ABPS).

Answered by The Institute of Aesthetic Surgery (View Profile)

Ultimately, this is a question of timing. Early results will change over time as swelling settles and tissue stretches. Asymmetry is not uncommon. This process can take several months to completely resolve.

If you are greater than 6 months post-op, these changes are unlikely to resolve and you may need operative revision. Otherwise, I would encourage patience.

As always, discuss your concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon (ABPS).

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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