What Massage Techniques Are Useful After Having Breast Reduction Surgery?

How soon after breast reduction surgery would massage for the breasts be ok? Does this help with boold-flow and the overall healing?

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Breast reduction: massage during healing

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breast reduction: massage during healing

The initial discomfort subsides daily and can be controlled with oral medication. It is best to wear the bra 24 hours each day until released by the doctor

Most patients resume normal activity by two weeks however full activity, lifting, sports, and no restrictions is safer at 6 weeks

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Massage after breast reduction surgery

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Breast massage after breast reduction is usually not  part of the recovery process.  Once the incisions are completely healed is possible if desired by the patient to have lymphatic drainage massage to help with removal of excess swelling.  This is a light touch massage technique used by a trained massage therapist in this technique. Two weeks after surgery you may begin massage  of the scars with vitamin E oil or cocoa butter to help the scars fade quicker.  Depending on how the scars are healing, one may opt instead to use mederma cream or a slicone  topical gel or silicone sheeting over the scars

Marialyn Sardo, MD
La Jolla Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Reduction and Massage?

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Thank you for the question.

Generally, massage is not part of the postoperative routine after breast reduction surgery for my patients. There is no clinical evidence that I know that massage " helps with blood flow to the overall healing”.

Several weeks after the breast reduction procedure massage of the scars  may be helpful.

Please check with your plastic surgeon for his/her recommendations.

I hope this helps.

Massage not necessary

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Usually, massage is not necessary after breast reduction. However, to make sure you can ask your surgeon.

Massage after breast reduction

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I would wait until the scars are mature and your surgeon has given you the "green light." There is no data on the benefit of massage after breast reduction.



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John Di Saia MD

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon

Massage and breast reduction

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There really is no need to perform massage early post-op after a breast reduction.  Usually  I suggest to my patients to wear a good supportive bra without an underwire after surgery.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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There is no indication for massaging of the breasts following breast reduction surgery

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There is no need to massage your breasts following a breast reduction and there is no evidence that such activity is beneficial in any way. More important is to avoid cigarette smoking for one month before to around one month following surgery; avoid blood thinners (such as aspirin) starting 2 weeks before surgery and continuing for 2 weeks after surgery; use a scar cream on your incisions starting a few weeks after surgery.

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Massage after breast reduction

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While I recommend breast massage (actually pocket expansion exercises) after breast implants, I don't think it is of any value except in unusual circumstances. I do however recommend scar massage to aid in the healing with vitamin E or mederma. Hope this helps you. Dr. Schuster.

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