I am one week post op and one breast has already dropped the other is extremely high and tight. I was told by my ps to push down and hold for a few seconds on the left implant several times each day. Is there any other tips or tricks? What about sport muscle creams? Anyone find anything that helps relax the muscle to speed up the process? I am embarrassed because even with loose shirts on I have been asked at work twice now why one breast looks larger.
Tips or Tricks to Getting Breast Implant to Drop
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Breast implants settling
It's not unusual for your breasts to heal and settle at different rates. Your right breast seems a little more swollen, which again is not unusual. You can gently massage the breast as your surgeon has advised, and sometimes we have patients wear a strap to help bring things down. Time will do everything for you on its own, however, and this should be down within a month after surgery. (PS, tell whoever at work is looking at your breasts to keep their eyes off your chest!) Best wishes, /nsn.
Tips or Tricks to Getting Breast Implant to Drop
Generally speaking, breast implants will "drop" into the pocket that was created during surgery and massaging the implants downward may assist in the dropping of the implants after surgery (for those patients who want to help with the settling of the implants). The rate of breast implant "settling" may depend on factors such as size of breast implant pocket dissected, tightness of the overlying skin/muscle layers, and size of breast implant utilized. Normally, it takes about 3-6 months (for some patients longer) to see the final result. It is very common for one side to settle faster than the other.
Sometimes, one or both breasts implants do not settle as planned and revisionary breast surgery becomes necessary to improve the outcome. On other occasions, if the long-term breast asymmetry is mild ( understanding that absolute symmetry is very rarely achieved), patients will need to decide whether proceeding with revisionary breast surgery is worth the potential downsides associated with additional surgery.
Again, best to follow your plastic surgeon for more specifics. Best wishes for an outcome that you will be pleased with long-term.
Massage after breast augmentation
As far as how to massage, I recommend displacing the implant in all four directions (up, down, left and right). Example, pinch the breast on the top to displace the implant downwards. For the lymphatic massage, it is much more of a light gentle touch. We often recommend a massage therapist to help with this or we show patients how to do this at home. You can repeat this several times a day for the first several months.
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Assuming that your Plastic surgeon created the same pocket for the implants, put them in and verified symmetry while you were placed upright - even when all of this is routinely done, many women still have breast asymmetry.
The reasons? 99% of women start by having breast asymmetry. Adding the same implant to already asymmetric breasts will not correct the asymmetry. In fact the father a breast is off the plane of the chest wall, the more the appearance of asymmetry is magnified. Second, breasts do heal at different rates. A week is a VERY short time and I would not panic over it.
Ask YOUR surgeon what he would do. Personally, I would prefer you not wear any bra quite yet - to allow the left implant to come down and I would initiate careful massage at 2 weeks' time.
If the situation persists in 2-3 months only then would I recommend you begin considering other modalities. In the vast majority of cases, gravity always wins and things correct nicely.
Dr. P. Aldea
Its only one week
Best to wait--may resolve with time!
Superior compression bands and mechanical massage may help breast implants drop more quickly.These maneuvers apply downward pressure on breast implants and help expand the inferior breast pockets.It’s important to realize that the majority of breast implants will eventually drop in to normal position without any treatment.
In rare cases, surgical expansion of the breast pocket may be necessary but shouldn’t be undertaken for at least six months following surgery.This allows adequate time for conservative measures to work.
In someone who’s only one week postop this type of superior breast fullness isn’t unusual.It’s important to maintain close contact with your plastic surgeon.Your surgeon should be able to discuss your concerns and alleviate your anxiety.
TIme will be the best method to allow the implants to settle. Creams do not do anything, massage may keep the pockets open.
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