Should I massage my gummy bear implants?
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Massaging Silicone Implants
Excellent question. Let me attempt to answer as succinctly as possible.
1. Always follow your surgeon's advice, especially in the post-operative period. You chose your surgeon for a reason. Hopefully the reason was a good one. You trusted him to do your operation. Trust him to care for you afterward.
2. Gummy bear implants are not special or unique compared to all other implants, but simply the latest iteration of breast implants using cohesive silicone gel. They do not need to be treated like visiting royalty, and should be just as durable as any other implant.
3. The fill material of the implant is not important when discussing post-operative management. The surface texture of the implant determines its behavior, not its stuffing.
4. After twenty years experience, I can honestly say I have never seen breast massage make any difference in the potential for capsular formation and contracture, but we all tell our patients to do it. Poking at your breast for five minutes on a Wednesday night will not correct a contracture that has already formed. Protocols for preventing or ameliorating capsular contracture have been described and published. Ask your surgeon if he is aware of these alternative, more effective methods.
Massaging Gummy Bear Implants
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1 week post op, some advices:
Its too early to talk about final results.
In my practice, after performing a BA I recommend to my patients to limit the movement of the arms for two weeks. After that, you can move your arms taking care and always with common sense.
In this regard, it's not advisable to carry heavy weights to prevent the implant out of position, and allow the formation of the physiological capsule around the implant, also to avoid pain and breast swelling.
Dr. Emmanuel Mallol.-
Gummy Bear massage
But, as a rule, I do not recommend massaging shaped, textured implants.
Best of luck!
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Newtown Square/Philadelphia, PA
Do not massage gummy bear shaped or any textured implants
You do not massage textured implants you DO massage smooth implants
So so if the outer surface of your implant is smooth, massage. If it is textured, don't. Gummy bear refers to the inside not the outside.
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