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Breast Augmentation Massage Tips to Speed Healing and Recovery

Published by Dr. Brandon Richland, MD

Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic surgery for women that involves the use of implants to enhance the appearance, shape, and size of the breasts. Although the surgery is constantly improving, proper aftercare for the breasts is crucial.

Breast massage is a vital component of post-augmentation care, as many women have found that consistent and correct massaging of the breasts can aid in the healing process and achieve the desired aesthetic result. This practice can also help prevent potential complications.

Key Takeaways of Massaging Breast After Augmentation

  • Massage after breast augmentation facilitates the healing process and prevents complications.
  • Proper technique and professional guidance are essential for safe and effective massage post-surgery.
  • Regular massage contributes to the aesthetic outcome and comfort of the breast implants.
  • Engaging in breast massage techniques prevent capsular contracture.

Understanding Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation surgery, commonly referred to as a ‘boob job’, is a form of plastic surgery aimed at enhancing the size and shape of one’s breasts. It involves the use of breast implants to achieve the desired look.

There are two primary types of breast implants used in augmentation: silicone implants and saline implants. Silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel that feels similar to human fat, which many consider providing a more natural feel. On the other hand, saline implants consist of a saltwater solution and are filled at the time of surgery, allowing for minor adjustments in size.

  • Silicone Implants:
    • Feel like natural breast tissue.
    • FDA-approved for individuals ages 22 and older.
  • Saline Implants:
    • Adjustable size during the procedure.
    • FDA-approved for individuals ages 18 and older.

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The Importance of Massage After Augmentation

Following a breast augmentation surgery, the incorporation of massage routines plays a critical role in promoting a successful recovery and optimizing the aesthetic results.

Benefits of Massage

Massage after breast augmentation can be a significant ally in the healing process. It not only assists in reducing swelling, but it also enhances the mobility of the breast tissue, ensuring the breasts maintain a soft and natural feel.

Regular massages contribute to improved blood circulation, which is essential for the delivery of nutrients necessary for healing. They also aid in lymphatic drainage, which decreases the likelihood of fluid build-up around the breast area.

Preventing Capsular Contracture

One of the primary objectives of post-augmentation massage is addressing the risk of capsular contracture, which is the development of tight scar tissue around the implants. By massaging the breasts, one encourages the formation of a suitable breast pocket where the implant sits.

Basic Massage Technique

One starts by using a gentle pressure and soft circular motion to massage your breasts. This can help to enhance circulation and promote proper healing. The motion should be slow, and one should ensure comprehensive coverage of the breast area.

Displacement Exercises

Displacement exercises involve moving the implant within the breast pocket. One can gently push the implant up, down, and toward the sides of the chest wall. These exercises aim to keep the pocket open and prevent tightening around the implant.

Specialized Massage Breast Implants

A specialized breast massage may include techniques like squeezing the implants gently with a rhythmic pumping motion. It is recommended to follow the surgeon’s advice, as they may provide a tailored massage plan based on the individual’s specific circumstances and type of implant.

Frequently Asked Questions About Massaging Breast After Augmentation

1. How Long After Breast Augmentation Will The Implants Settle Into Their Final Position?

Implants typically settle into their final position within a few months post-surgery. The process varies, and some may find that it takes up to six months for the implants to fully settle.

2. What are the Best Techniques for Massaging Scar Tissue Post Breast Augmentation?

Using gentle motions to apply pressure around the scar and implant area can help in the healing process. Techniques should focus on softening the scar tissue without applying excessive force.

3. What is Massage’s Role in Managing Capsular Contracture?

Massage plays a role in potentially preventing capsular contracture by keeping the tissue around the implant soft and pliable. However, its effectiveness may vary, and one should follow their surgeon’s recommendations.

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Conclusion and Summary of Breast Augmentation Massage Tips to Speed Healing and Recovery

Breast implant massage is a key part of the post-operative care routine that many women find beneficial for maintaining the health and appearance of their implants. By understanding how to properly massage, starting at the right time, and being mindful of your body’s response, you can contribute to a more successful healing process and satisfactory results.

Incorporating massage techniques can be extremely beneficial for breast augmentation surgeries. These techniques can help promote faster healing, enhance comfort, and ensure proper settling of breast implants by making the breast tissue softer through improved circulation.

As always, ensure that any massage technique or regimen is approved and guided by your surgeon to ensure safety and effectiveness.

Please note that this article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Before making any changes to your treatments, please consult with your healthcare provider to discuss the appropriateness and safety of such changes.

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About the Author

Dr. Brandon Richland, MD is a respected Board Certified Licensed Plastic Surgeon in Orange County / Southern California specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries.

Driven by his passion for medicine, Dr. Richland obtained his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from the prestigious program at Saint Louis University (SLU) School of Medicine in 2013. His exceptional skills were recognized when he received the McGraw Hill / Lange Medical Student Academic Achievement Award, and graduated top of his class with Honors. For his undergraduate degree, he attended University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and graduated with Honors in 2009.

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