After getting breast augmentation and implants, there is a period where the breasts will appear quite high on the chest. Don’t worry! This is completely normal. As is the period right after where the implants seem to drop into a more natural position and fill out the lower part of the breast. This is often referred to as dropping and fluffing. But let’s focus on the dropping part. What causes this to happen? And what should you do if your implants drop significantly?

Causes of Implant Dropping

There are a number of causes for implant dropping. It most often occurs when the swelling starts to go down as you recover from breast augmentation surgery and your muscles relax, but there are other reasons as well. They include:

Technique and Placement

Implants can be placed above the muscle or beneath the muscle in the breast. When they are placed above the muscle, you will notice they are initially quite high on the chest. This results in the dropping being much more noticeable when the muscles relax.

On top of that, where your surgeon places the incision and the size of the incision can also affect how and when your plants drop as well. But as stated above, this drop is completely normal.

Weight of Implant

The size and weight of the implant can also affect how much it drops too. The heavier the implant is, the more it will drop. Because of this, it’s important to choose the right size for your body type to avoid a major drop. You can discuss this with your surgeon, and they will be able to recommend the right implant for you.


The texture of implants can also be a factor in whether your implants drop and how much they drop. A textured implant can adhere to the body’s tissues and are less likely to drop significantly, especially compared to smooth implants.

Other Factors

Other factors that can come into play when it comes to implants dropping include your skin elasticity, the quality of your breast tissue, and if you have any weight fluctuations. Those with thinner breast tissue or less elastic skin may experience more drooping. Often, with that, a breast lift is recommended along with the breast augmentation.

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How to Prevent Implant Dropping

While some dropping is likely to happen, there are ways to prevent significant implant dropping from occurring.

Selecting the Right Implant

Selecting the right implant for your body, your breast tissue, and your skin elasticity is key. Your surgeon can help you make the right decision for your body, your lifestyle, and the look you’re going for. The right size implant can ensure much less dropping.

Internal Mesh Bra

An internal mesh bra is also an option. What is it? An internal mesh bra is a surgical procedure that puts a supportive material in a specific area of the breast to keep the breasts lifted and prevent drooping. It can also help keep your results long-term. This can be a great option for those with weaker breast tissue.

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Correcting Implant Dropping

While implant dropping is completely normal, there are things you can do to correct it. If you’re dealing with mild implant drooping, there are breast massages and exercises you can do to build up the support in your breasts.


There are also compression bands, tensors, and special garments you can wear to provide extra support. That being said, you don’t want to do these exercises or try these garments without the guidance of a qualified plastic surgeon.


If you’re dealing with severe drooping, that can be addressed surgically. A breast implant revision or a breast lift may need to be done to ensure the breast is at the perfect position for you. An internal mesh bra may also be inserted.

Breast Implant Options

Schedule A Consultation

Are you thinking about getting breast implants but worried about them dropping? It’s a totally normal concern. Dr. Shienbaum and Dr. Gargya can address all your questions and concerns during your consultation appointment. They will also recommend the right size implant for you and talk you through the whole procedure.


To schedule a consultation today at Brandon Plastic Surgery, call our Brandon, FL office at (813) 359-1075 or use our online scheduling form.