I have 450cc naterelle breast implants (410 MM) is there a way to massage them in order to make my nipple more center? I've drawn up a diagram of the technique I heard will help place my nipple in the center).
Massaging a Shaped Natrelle Breast Implant
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Massage after surgery
Massaging a Natrelle shaped breast implant to affect nipple position
I looked closely at the diagram you supplied. It appears as though you are attempting to massage the implants laterally, so that they may be better positioned under the nipple. In theory this may have some benefit, but the Natrelle 410's are textured, which means they are designed to be fairly immobile once placed.
Some patients have laterally placed nipples, and this should be noted to them at the time of consultation. If an implant is placed too medially (centered), it may make the appearance of lateral nipples more exaggerated. In contrast, placing the implants more laterally (to the sides), may create a large gap between the cleavage. Using an implant that spans the width of the breast is the best compromise to this problem. Additionally, using a larger implant tends to exaggerate the appearance of laterally displaced nipples, because they tend to push them out further. In my patients, I will advise them to go with a smaller size if nipple displacement is a concern for them.
In closing, doing the massage may help, but it probably won't correct things entirely. Good luck
Lawrence Tong MD FACS FRCSC
Will massaging of breasts help reposition nipples?
Though you didn't provide pre-operative photos for further information, repositioning your nipples by massaging your breasts/implants will not be effective. Your nipples are laterally situated naturally so that short of performing surgery to attempt to place them more centrally (which I would definitely not recommend!), this will be your outcome.
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Massage Will Not Likely Centralize Nipples
I have not had my patients perform massage for many years. I place almost all implants under the muscle and feel that the muscle performs any helpful massage. I suspect that your nipples were somewhat similarly placed pre-op but you did not provide any pre-op photos. If this were the case, it is difficult to correct with augmentation.
Massaging shaped implants
Shaped implants are textured to help them maintain their orientation. Massaging them could actually result in malrotation which could give your breasts an odd shape.
It will never work what you hope to accomplish by pushing on the implants. Your nipples are laterally placed on your chest and there is nothing to do to centralize them without placing incisions on the areola. And in your case, it will not move over significantly.
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