I was explanted 5 weeks ago. My crease line incisions along with some of my cleavage muscle tends to push in (cleavage line) and pull up (incision) distorting my breasts when flexed. My doctor told me to massage since I have lots of scar tissue with my incisions. He also said my muscles looked good. Is this something that will heal with time?
Breast Implant Removal Complications
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Massage can help improve the shape and appearance of scars
Quite often, post operative swelling and "sticky" tissues can create temporary distortion of shape and contour. Massage is a very effective way to "break up" sticky tissue also called adhesions. Massage can also improve the thickness and retraction caused by scarring. As always, you should consult your surgeon before beginning any post operative treatments.
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Thank you for the question.
It sounds like you're experiencing some early scar tissue adherence issues. I agree with the recommendations at your surgeon has provided. Hopefully with ongoing time and scar maturation these issues will improve.
Shape distortion when flexing muscles after explant.
Breast distortion after implant removal
This sounds like some early scarring to me. Your breast tissue and/or skin is adhering to the underlying muscle. I think your doctor is giving you some good advice to massage. Try massaging the area while your skin is soaped up the shower. The scar tissue will soften over several months and your problem may resolve. Stay is touch with your surgeon and if you still have distortion after 4 -5 months, you may need to have the scar released surgically.
Lisa Lynn Sowder, M.D.
Explantation requires a massive body image readjustment
The appearance of your breasts, after explantation depends on many factors, including the volume of the implants, the time they were present, the plane in which they resided, the thickness of your overlying breast tissue are just a few to mention. In choosing explantation, you must have considered the options carefully. Please continue to work with your PS and be patient. The results can take up to a year to realize. I typically recommend both massage to assist in scar remodeling as well as compression bras, to facilitate skin shrinkage. Good luck.
It sounds like you are describing muscle animation with flexion of your chest muscles. This can be a relatively common "complication" of breast implant surgery. A full in person exam would be necessary, but often times this can be improved by removing portions of the capsule and reattaching the chest muscles back down to the chest wall. Good luck!
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