Memory Gel Silicone Under the Muscle 3 Weeks Ago: Can Feel Implants When Massaging

Is this normal? Will that go away?

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Can feel submuscular implants while massaging--this is normal.

Depending on the amount of overlying tissue, even with submuscular implants, as swelling diminishes and implant movement is easier some patients may feel their implants. This may be due to more movement than anticipated (bigger pocket), softer or thinner muscle coverage in a less-athletic woman, small implants in deflated breast skin, or just a very sensitive touch! The fact that you can feel your implants is not abnormal, though perhaps you were hoping for "invisible" scars, and non-palpable implants so no one would know.

The reality is that virtually every patient is aware of her implants to a certain degree, and integrating them into your body image can take a few days to as long as a few weeks or longer in some cases. Obviously, with over 10,000,000 women worldwide with breast implants, this occurs to a greater or lesser extent in the vast majority of women who feel like "These are my breasts" rather than "These are my breasts plus implants."

The other unspoken concern, of course, is what any spouse or intimate partner might think or be aware of. After 25 years of performing this surgery for women, and hearing the responses of spouses and partners along the way, I can confidently attest to the fact that as long as the result is good (not even "perfect" is necessary) and (most importantly) the woman is happy, then the partner is happy as well! There are always a few weasel partners who are fixated on a woman's breasts rather than on her as a whole--these relationships are in trouble, implants or not! For the vast majority of normal women in normal healthy relationships, breast implants only make their lives better because it makes them happier! No more, no less!

Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Sub muscular implants

It is usually not possible to place an implant totally under the muscle,as the muscle  is too restrictive

Therefore the attachment of the muscle is released  inferiorly  resulting in upper displacement of the muscle.

Once this occurs, only the upper pole of the implant is covered with muscle leaving  the lower pole of the implant  devoid of muscle coverage.The thinner layer of tissue,and lack of support  over the lower pole can predispose to rippling and palpability

There are several techniques to strengthen the lowerpole in order to decrease the likelyhood of this happening

Hilton Becker, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Implant Palpability after Breast Augmentation: Normal

You had a breast augmentation with breast implants. You will be able to feel the implants and you made a good decision in the implant choice because silicone breast implants do feel more natural. This is normal.

Andrew P. Trussler, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Memory Gel Silicone Under the Muscle 3 Weeks Ago: Can Feel Implants When Massaging

It sounds as if you did not get fully informed before your Breast Augmentation.

There is NO perfect breast implant out there. All breast implant shells ripple with saline filled rippling more than gel filled implants. As a result, the more breast tissue (muscle and breast gland) that can be lumped over the implant, the less visible / palpable the implants. Unfortunately, the vast majority undergoing breast augmentation do so because they do not have enough breast tissue in the first place. As a result, to get a non-operated more attractive breast augmentation result, the ideal implant is one which is covered by your available breast tissue. However, along the bottom and the side of the breast, where the pectoralis major muscle is absent and the implant is covered only by the breast tissue, the implant shell will be palpable.  Your surgeon should have made this clear. This will NOT go away and is to be expected.

Peter A Aldea, MD

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Palpable implants

Yes, it is normal to feel implants if the overlying tissue (breast tissue/muslce) is thin.  Most commonly, implants are palpable in lower outer areas when there is not much "padding." 

Sugene Kim, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

Implant palpability

Depending upon the size of the implants and the amount of soft tissue coverage determines the palpability of the implants.  It is certainly possible that you feel them.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Memory Gel Silicone Under the Muscle 3 Weeks Ago: Can Feel Implants When Massaging

Most likely your implants are only partially submuscular, so being able to "feel" them is a very common issue. Best to discuss with your chosen surgeon. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 174 reviews

You can feel breast implants when massaging

As breast implants have evolved, the silicone rubber coating has become thicker and the gel fill more cohesive and depending on the pocket location and the available breast tissue to cover and hide the implant you will be able to feel the edges of the breast implant with breast massage. The more cohesive the fill the more easy to feel the implant. This is normal with breast implants currently in use today.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Memory Gel Silicone Under the Muscle 3 Weeks Ago: Can Feel Implants When Massaging

Dear jmelferguson,

It is common for breast implants to be palpable after surgery. The likelihood of whether your implants can be felt depends on the type and size of the implants, the position of the implants, the amount of tissue covering the implants, and how hard you push to feel the implant. The implant should feel somewhat mobile and squishy. This is considered normal.

On the other hand, if the implant feels very firm, tender, or swollen, this could be a sign of a hematoma or early capsular contracture.

I would be sure to see your surgeon on a regular basis after surgery.

Warmest wishes,

Larry Fan, MD

Larry Fan, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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You will feel your own implants

You will always feel your implants, you will likely always see the outlines of your implants.  The more fat you have (to cover them) the less likely they will be visible to other people, and less likely it will be that others can feel the implants.

The outer, lower edges of implants can usually be felt as that area is usually thin.

This is normal and should not cause you any concern.


Martin Jugenburg, MD

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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