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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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.
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.
Complications After Breast Implant Removal
Massage can be very beneficial in preventing or releasing contraction, trapping or fixation by a scar. Massage can affect the architecture of the scar and prevent or reduce scar adherence/adhesion.
If the adhesion persists, a surgical scar release can be performed: this is typically a minor out-patient (exam room) procedure with local anesthetic.
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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.
Shape distortion when flexing muscles after explant.
Breast Implant Removal Complications
Changes over 6 months of healing
Distortion of the Breast Following Implant Removal Can Occur
Distortion of the breast can occasionally occur following breast implant removal when significant capsules are present. Under these circumstances the capsule remains attached to the overlying muscles. Contraction of these muscles causes the inward pull along the sternum and the upward pull along the inframammary fold that you describe.
This usually improves with the passage of time and massage of the area. In some cases secondary surgery may be indicated to remove the capsular remnant and associated scar tissue. Most surgeons agree that this should be delayed for at least six months to allow adequate time for conservative treatment to work.
If you’re having breast distortion following breast implant removal, consultation with your surgeon is appropriate. Your surgeon should be able to formulate an appropriate treatment plan.
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