How Do You Massage Breasts After Breast Augmentation?
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A. Dean Jabs MD, PhD
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Breast massage after implant augmentation
It is not so much that you massage the breast. The real intention is to perform breast implant displacement excercises to maintain the implant pocket that was created during surgery to maintain a soft and supple breast appearance.
The implant is generally pushed/massaged up, down, inwards and outwards to keep the capsule from contracting down around the implant. It is also fetl that this may lessen the potential for capsular contracture. Generally, these are performed more aggressively during the first month after surgery.
I don't think massaging breasts does any good.
Hi! I think surgical areas heal best at rest. We put patients in an elastic brassiere right after surgery, and tell them to keep their arms quiet and to sleep on their back for at least a week.
The results of breast augmentation are determined by how the surgery is done. If the breasts don't look right, massage is not going to fix that. If you are going to get a capsular contracture (2 to 5 % risk), massage is not going to prevent that.
Massage may not do any harm, but I object to it psychologically, because it makes the patient feel responsible for potential problems that are completely out of her control.
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Massaging after breast augmentation
while it is good to do extensive massage after subglandular breast augmentation, if you implants are under the muscle then you do'nt want to massage them vigerously. too much massage can make your breast impant displace, and for you to develope breast asymmetry.
To Massage or Not to Massage; That is the Question
Many of the other responders have mentioned that breast massaging is a controversial subject. I see no controversy; it is a total waste of your time. Breast massaging was invented back in the early 1960s when we knew very little about capsular contractions, their etiology, and their possible treatments. When I was at Stanford, I did a casual survey of women who massage their breasts and women who didn’t have the time to massage their breasts. I found that capsular contracture occurs in those who massage and those who don’t. Therefore, I believe this is the wrong modality to increase the chances of a soft breast.
Since the formation of a capsule around an implant is an immune phenomenon, the treatment of choice is to modulate the immune response biochemically and not mechanically. In 2003, Schlesinger et al, described the use of Accolate or Singulair to treat capsular contractures. Today, I give Accolate aka Zafirlukast immediately post-operatively to all my patients and I find it works very nicely to prevent capsular contractures.
Massage after breast implant surgery (VIDEO)
Massage, or implant displacement, after breast augmentation is controversial. I ask patients to do it for the first 6-8 weeks after surgery starting at 3 weeks. See below for a VIDEO demonstration. The idea is to move the implant in a manner that keeps the pocket a little larger than the implant to prevent capsular contracture.
- This is contraindicated for textured implants.
- This may be redundant for submuscular implants (the implants move a little with movement of the arms)
- No studies have demonstrated its value in preventing contracture
- One value may be having the patient focus on the softness of their implants so that any changes are diagnosed early
York J. Yates MD - Layton, Utah.
Massaging your implants
Massaging your breast implants consists of just moving that implant around inside so that the capsule that eventually forms is slightly larger than your implant and so the breasts can feel soft and natural. You should gently move the implants up, down, and side to side using your hands to apply gentle pressure around the breasts. You should consult your doctor before you do and ask for their advice on whether massaging is right for you.
Massaging the breasts after breast augmentation surgery
I do not think that there is a Universal agreement on whether to massage the breasts after breast implant surgery or not.
There are surgeons who recommended massaging after breast augmentation regardless of what kind of implant was placed. There also surgeons who recommended massaging only silicone implants. And finally, there is a group of surgeons who do not routinely recommend massaging at all.
I would suggest following instructions of your plastic surgeon.
My recommendations for massage technique is as following. I recommend massaging in downward, medial, and lateral directions. I do not recommend routinely massaging upwards because the implants have tendency of going upwards anyway.
However, the recommendations are also based on specifics of individual surgery, size of the pocket created, the size of the implants placed, quality of the muscle, size of the muscle, size of the pocket created during the surgery and so on.
Using a fist or a pinching motion the implant is pushed in desired direction on a count of 10. 10 repetitions in each direction: down, centrally, and upwards, 3 times a day. I recommend starting massage after the first week if the patient is able to tolerate it.
Boris Volshteyn M.D., M.S.
Breast implant massage
Should I massage my breasts after breast implant surgery? Ask Dr Ellen
I'm a big advocate for massaging the breasts, starting on post op day 1. I instruct my patients before the surgery and begin the massaging when I see them in the office the day after the surgery. I recommend 3x per day and here is why:
1. helps reduce the swelling
2. helps reduce the muscle and skin tightness
3. helps maintain the "pocket " dimensions, reduce scar tissue in pocket
3. helps expand the lower pole of the breast and contributes to shape
4. reduces the skin itchiness...use a moisturizer on your skin!
5. ultimately blends in the incision and any tethering that may be associated with it
It can be a little uncomfortable when you begin but quickly makes everything feel better and hastens the recovery. I recommend that you have someone help you with this the first time so that you know how much pressure to apply and are reassured that you are not causing any harm.
Thanks for asking! Dr Ellen
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