I had a BA six weeks ago. I am nervous that my pocket could widen by movements I do after reading some horror stories on the web. I had 360/380 sub pectoral saline implants.
Is It Possible for the Pocket To Widen By Movement After Surgery?
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I would not worry about the pocket widening at this point. Your capsule is fairly well formed. I do find that implants tend to drift slightly laterally with time. ithink this is due to pectoralis compression. I am sure you will be fine.
Breast Implants Pockets Widening?
Thank you for the question.
I think that it is possible to “widen” breast implant pockets with overly strenuous exercise or lifting after surgery. I have seen lateral displacement of breast implants occur secondary to what I believe is over activity/lifting. I urge patients to keep their elbows by their sides for the 1st week after surgery and to avoid heavy lifting for at least 6 weeks. It is probably safest to avoid heavy pectoralis muscle activity for several months after surgery.
However, surgeons' best efforts and compliant patient activity after surgery lateral movement of the implants is not uncommon especially with ongoing time and or life experiences such as pregnancy. Correction of the lateral implant malposition can be performed using internal sutures (capsulorraphy).
I hope this helps.
Concerns about the implant pocket being affected by muscle activities
At 6 weeks, it is extremely unlikely that movements that you engage in will enlarge the pocket that the implant is in. Of course, the skin can stretch with muscle contraction (which is different than "widening"), much more so with saline than with silicone implants and greater with large saline implants (yours are not extremely large).
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The amount of change that can be made to a breast pocket by movement is minimal
The answer depends on each individual, but by-and-large the amount that a breast pocket can be changed by movement is minimal especially weeks after surgery. If the pocket is over dissected and significant and consistent pressure is applied the pocket can be enlarged in the direction of the pressure, particularly on the side toward the arm pit.
All the best,
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Breast Implants and Lateral Malposition
Breast implants can move with time. There are few natural attachments out laterally to prevent lateral motion. Good support and minimizing activities which push the implants into undesired positions can help. Lateral migration is more likely with larger implants, narrower chests, more curved ribs and stomach sleeping.
Can the breast implant pocket widen (from movement/massage) after surgery?
Although you are not completely healed at only 6 weeks post-op, the capsule around the breast implant is becoming fairly well defined, so this makes further widening less likely. The implant being in a sub-pectoral position should also give you added lateral support.
If you have concerns about lateral migration, I would recommend not performing any further massage, particularly in the lateral directions. Wearing a supportive bra will further stabilize things as you continue to heal.
That all said, if everything looks good at this point and time, you should continue to do well.
Widened breast pocket concerns at six weeks. Not to worry.
At six weeks the scar tissue making the pocket is beginning to stabilize. In very rare cases the scar tissue capsule may overstretch but this is far less common than the possibility of the capsule contracting. Massage is usually recommended to keep the capsule from contracting and in very rare cases the muscle may contribute to the outside displacement of the pocket. You should be fine and please do not spend time on the web looking for problems that most likely will never materialize.
Breast implants that shift to the side
For some it is possible to have the pocket widen and the implant tend to fall to the side when on your back. This can be related to skin type, though the process can also be set in motion by the way the pocket is shaped at the time of augmentation. You can avoid any breast massage, especially if your implants are soft and doing well on their own.
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Widening after augmentation
There is some degree of lateral drift of submuscular implants, the degree of which depends on many factors. I had one patient who did very vigorous massage, something she learned while working with another plastic surgeon. This, in combination with her thin capsule, resulted in a very large pocket and lateral implant motion when she laid flat. Normal motions can also cause this, because there is no lateral muscle, but I think normal activity is not as much of a factor as vigorous massage. The pectoralis muscle only goes so far. So, for this reason I give very specific instructions regarding massage: it should be very cautiously done with minor pressure, taking care to support the outside of the breast to help prevent the lateral drift. I usually have patients postpone massage if I do a lift with an implant, in order to protect the wounds. Activities: you should go about your normal activites, and not limit yourself at this point.
Breast Augmentation. Pocket Widening
At 6 weeks after submuscular breast augmentation, it is unlikely for the pocket to widen significantly. Typically, the soft tissues may be tight with significant upper pole fullness which will usually take several months to stretch out to achieve a more natural result. Significant migration of the implant is unlikely at this point, however. Consult your plastic surgeon if you continue to have concerns.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.
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