I am at the end of my 2nd day of post op, I am 5'6 134lbs, and was given 600cc's high profile silicone under the muscle. I was very small, an AA cup pre-op and They are very tight and sitting high on my chest and also into my armpit area making it uncomfortable (not painful...just annoying) to just BE...I cannot help myself but to massage softly and try to move the implant down a little bit, but I don't want to damage anything, or massage prematurely. Is it safe to massage them so soon after op?
How Soon Should I Start Massaging After a Breast Augmentation?
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When do I start massage after breast augmentation.
If you went from a double A to a 600 CC implant you're already typing on the Internet it sounds like you're already pretty much a head of the game.
Each plastic surgeon will generally have his or her own regimen for when to massage and how to massage.
In my own practice we give instruction to begin a gentle massaging at the first postoperative visit one week after surgery. I generally find a patients are quite sore right after surgery so I don't mind waiting about a week.
At the third week we give instructions for a more aggressive massage. I also encourage my patients to wear an elastic Velcro strap that we provide that gives gentle compression to the upper portion of the implants heading them south in the same direction. We usually begin this about a week after surgery.
I would suggest you check in with your plastic surgeon and see what his or her regimen is.
Good luck for a quick in speedy recovery.
Massaging After Breast Augmentation
Massage after Augmentation
Each surgeon has their own criteria. Here is mine:
I am a big advocate of breast massage. I like to wait until the first postoperative visit to begin massage for three reasons.
1. I do not want excess tension on the fresh incision, which can cause wound healing problems
2. Massage will increase soreness and I want to get patients off pain medication as quickly and safely as possible.
3. Early massage can increase the risk of bleeding, which is the number 1 cause of capsular contracture/scar formation.
For this reason, I begin massage therapy at the first visit, which is 4-7 days postop. I then establish a regimine of 3 minutes of massage 3 times a day for 3 months.
I do prefer a bra, especially in physically active patients, as I find it helps prevent the implant from dropping too much and causing implant malposition.
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When to start messaging after Breast Augmentation?
It is best to follow your particular plastic surgeon's recommendations. He/she was there and will know best. Our office typically has patients start massaging a week after surgery.
Web reference: http://www.jjrothmd.com/procedures/breast-augmentation
Massage after Breast Augmentation
It has only been 2 days. Discuss the massage with your Plastic Surgeon. In my practice, we encourage massage after the first week. Your surgeon will show you the proper way to do the massages for the best result.
Breast Implant Massage
It is perfectly acceptable to touch your own breasts after breast augmentation, with the assumption being made that you would not do so if it hurt. As far as formal breast implant massage, that should be addressed with your surgeon. Based on your stats and the very large implants that were placed, I would not be surprised he has some implant massage regimen in mind for you. However to let you know, there is no evidence in the literature to suggest that implant massage does anything useful in terms of influencing the appearance of your breasts after surgery or preventing capsular contracture.
Best of luck!
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How Soon Should I Start Massaging Aftr a Breast Aug?Answr:
I usually don't have my patients begin massage until 1 week post op because it usually hurts too bad to do it before!!!! But as always, check with your doctor as to their personal protocol...
Timing of implant massage after augmentation
Every surgeon is different in his/her approach to implant maintenance. In my practice, if implant position is perfect, I wait until the capsule has started to form (about 2-3 weeks), then begin my patients on a maintenance massage routine. Before that it is not necessary and simply too uncomfortable. If one implant or the other needs a little re-positioning, we will begin massage as soon as it is recognized, and once the implant is where we want it, we go back to the usual program.
Some surgeons do not recommend massage. You should discuss with your doctor what he prefers. Good luck.
Breast implant massage
Definitely check with your surgeon about his protocol. Personally I do not have my patients massage at all. The excessive upper pole fullness should take care of itself over time. I am concerned that massage (at least early and downward massage) may increase the chance of implant displacement or "bottoming out". Check with you surgeon and have patience!
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