What does 'drop and fluff' means in terms of implants?

My plan is to get implants that will (hopefully) take me from a 32A to a 32C. I have heard the term 'drop and fluff' being used in regard to implant results but I'm not sure I understand what it means exactly. I think it means that once the implants settle, they may be bigger than anticipated. I wouldn't mind going larger at some point but I wouldn't want to start out bigger than I was prepared to be. Am I correct in how I'm understanding this term and does that mean I should reconsider my implant size? Thank you for your guidance and I hope this isn't a stupid question!


F, 31, Utah

It means that breast implant patients typically notice that the breasts will soften and drop in over 2-3 months after surgery, and that initial firm, pointy appearance of the breasts (particularly for first time implant patients with small tight breast tissues) will not be the permanent look.

"Drop and fluff" is a lay term that refers to the implants dropping and filling out the lower breast after a period of time.  Size is determined in my office after measurements by putting implants in a bra till you see the volume on your chest that you like.  Then I can pick the best shaped implant for you at that volume

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I am the one who should feel stupid. I am not sure what you mean by these terms. It is very common for breast implants to sit a bit high on the chest, at least early on. With a little time, usually 1-3 months, the implants settle and drop a bit so that they are sitting where they should, behind the nipple. On occasion, implants may drop a bit too much, either right away or over time, and we call this "bottoming out". I have never heard the word "fluff" used in connection to implants. Fluff implies soft and implanted breasts should ideally be soft so you might infer that soft breasts will feel "fluffy". Other than that, I cannot imagine the term used in any other way. It has been my experience that most young women seem to want implants that are larger than ideal. They do not seem to understand that they are doing something very unnatural to their natural breasts and will have these implants in for many years. The larger the implant, the more likely they are to be seen and felt, the more likely the breasts will not look natural, and the more the chances of long term problems: bottoming out, displacement of the implants too far to the side of the chest, drooping over time, and even problems related to large breasts, such as back, neck, and shoulder pain. Be careful what you ask for. I see plastic surgeons putting implants that are ridiculously huge, simply because patients request this who have no idea what problems may be in store for them later.