First timer question about Drop and Fluff
I'm so grateful for this community. I'm learning so much from all of you. I have a question about the drop and fluff process. To me, the name drop and fluff implies a passive process that happens overtime with gravity. But when I had a my 1 week post op appointment yesterday my PS showed me how to push the breast implants down hard and hold them there for ten seconds. He asked me (or my husband) to do this ten times on each breast each day. I'm also supposed to wear a breast band and no bra until he tells me otherwise. I got 650/695 unders. For those of you who were happy with your drop and fluff process, is this similar to what you did? Should I be doing anything else to help them settle nicely? About how many weeks were you pushing them down? I'm hoping for a teardrop shape (no bump on the upper pole) with the breast creating a noticeable overhang at the crease. I'd love to learn any tips any of you would be willing to share. Thanks in advance for your help!
(I also have scoliosis and will be posting before and after pictures in a separate post once my implants settle in case my chest wall deformity helps guide anyone else who as a similar pre-op situation.)
It's so bizarre how everyone gets completely different post-op advice from their PS.. I wonder what science (if any) is behind their advice.
My PS has recommended a massage that requires me to push from underneath, and push the implant up and in towards the middle of my chest. No bra band. Must wear a bra 24/7 for 6 weeks.
My breasts are naturally high and with new implants they're sitting ridiculously high of course. I really badly want them to sag a bit and like you said, have a nice teardrop shape and not look like two half-oranges on my chest. :|Reply
Like M. D. said every doctor is different. My PS has me push implants in to center and then up. That's it. Her reasoning being that it may help to keep the pocket open and avoid capsule contracture. I had no band, bra was as much or as little as you like. Only restriction on bras were no underwire for 6-8 weeks. I also had 650/695 unders (I now only have the 695 one - long story) but i will say from surgery date of May 21 through today she has dropped beautifully on her ownReply
Every doctor is indeed different. Mine had me massage my breasts once or twice a day just to get them moving around in the pocket to force the scar tissue growing around it, to grow larger. I didn't have to wear a band. I let gravity and the weight of my 650cc implants do all the work. When at home, I would go braless until bedtime each night. I got the perfect results (I didn't want any upper pole and wanted the hang over the crease that you mention). You are right drop and fluff is a gradual process... Mine wasn't complete until close to 6mpo.Reply
My doctor didn’t recommend any massage or pushing. I didn’t have a band and just wore an underwire bra with no push-up or padding. I am now 7.5 months out and they are wonderful. They are soft and real feeling and look amazing (in my opinion anyways). For some reason I can’t post a picture - sorry.Reply
My doctor said to do similar massages to yours and to move it around in the pocket, but she also told me there is no real "right way" to heal and that all surgeons give post-care instructions based on preference and trail and error. She said that ultimately if I were to do nothing at all I would get the same end results, but that it would just prolong the process to rely solely on gravity. Short version, it doesn't make a difference in the big picture lol so do whatever seems to be working.Reply