It has been 2 1/2 months since my lift/implants and my right side is still not dropping much. My Dr. told me to get aggressive with massaging... I bought a small rolling pin to help with the pushing down. Just wondering what is "aggressive"? how many times a day and how quickly can a implant drop, is it over weeks or within days? Also,if I have to have another surgery to "pull" the implant it down, when is that decided?
"Aggressive" Massaging After Breast Lift/augmentation
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Breast Augmentation Massage
- Press the breasts slowly and maximally inwards (towards your breast bone) and hold for 10 seconds, then release. Repeat 4 times.
- Press the breasts apart slowly and maximally outwards and hold for 10 seconds, then release. Repeat 4 times.
- Repeat for downward movement.
- Repeat for upward movement.
It takes three to four months for your breasts to drop after surgery, so you still have a bit to go. I would wait until then to determine if corrective surgery is required. Best of luck!
Massage after Breast Augmentation
Thank you for the question and pictures.
Since you have had the procedure I would recommend that you follow your plastic surgeon's recommendations. Most likely he/she has recommended massage of the breast implants which is felt by many plastic surgeons to be helpful in keeping the breast implant soft. if you have questions about the specific technique your plastic surgeon recommends then address those with him/her during your next visit. Otherwise, I'm afraid you will be confused or overly anxious with online consultants' recommendations.
Better to ask your surgeon as they would be able to define "aggressive"
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Massage after breast augmentation
As far as how to massage, I recommend displacing the implant in all four directions (up, down, left and right). Example, pinch the breast on the top to displace the implant downwards. For the lymphatic massage, it is much more of a light gentle touch. We often recommend a massage therapist to help with this or we show patients how to do this at home.
Will Aggressive Massage Lower Breast Implant?
Of course, we hope both implants settle to the same level, like the case below (click on link).
Breast augmentation and massaging
There are two schools of thought in the plastic surgery community as far as massaging. Some feel it helps keep the pocket larger in comparison to the implant size and thus the recommendation to do it.
Others feel that massaging causes an inflammatory response that would help cause a capsule formation and hard breast. Thus they do not recommend it.
I personally used to be agressive at massaging but over the years have become less agressive at it. I am not sure that anyone is right or wrong in either approach.
Your doctor thinks that agressive massaging is in your best interests in his/her mind. Ask your surgeon what that means to be agressive. Then follow their direction and see where it goes. If there is something that bothers you as time goes on, then you can discuss your options.
Steven M. Lynch, M.D. Albany, New York
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