Massage after Breast Augmentation
Women who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their breasts can benefit from breast augmentation at The Landings Surgical Centre. Massage after breast augmentation has been shown to aid in healing and reduce the risk of capsular contracture, a common complication resulting from excessive scar tissue around the implants. In this blog post, our team, serving Halifax, NS, and Prince Edward Island, explains how to properly perform breast massage after surgery so you can enjoy a quick, successful recovery.
The Purpose of Massage after Breast Augmentation
Massage is a significant aspect of post-surgical care. In fact, it is just as important as resting well and taking your medications. Massage helps your new breast implants “settle” by gently maneuvering them into place. By following all of our recommended guidelines, you can reduce post-surgical complications such as bruising, swelling, and infection.
How Breast Massage Works
Experts agree that massage after breast augmentation softens the breasts and helps them look more natural. But how does this work? Massage helps soften the surrounding breast tissue, reducing tightness and discomfort. It also gently expands the surgical pocket, giving the implant more room to move, thereby reducing scar tissue formation directly around it.
Some scar tissue is normal following breast augmentation. Capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue is excessive, resulting in an abnormal look and feel. Breast massage helps reduce the chance that this condition will develop.
Breast Massage Techniques
Essentially, breast massage is intended to move the implants in every direction. While some techniques involve moving the breasts apart or side to side, others involve massaging them up and down. Here are a few tips for successfully performing post-surgical breast massage:
- Place one palm over the nipple, then place the other hand on top of it. Using firm, gentle pressure, press on the breast and hold for a few minutes. You can lean against a wall to maintain pressure if necessary. Repeat on the other breast.
- To massage in a downward motion, place both hands on one breast. Gently pull the tissue upward while simultaneously pushing the implant downward. Hold for ten seconds, then repeat ten times. Once complete, move to the other breast and repeat the process.
- Massaging the breasts upwards help stretch the implant capsule. Cup your right hand under your left nipple and squeeze the implant upward. Hold for ten seconds, then release and repeat the process ten times. Move to the right breast and complete the same process.
- Using both hands, hold one breast in each hand. Push them together using light pressure. Hold for ten seconds. Release and repeat several times.
Keep in mind that every patient is unique. Your surgeon will demonstrate proper breast massage techniques during your pre-op consultation so that you know what to anticipate.
When Should I Begin Breast Massage?
Many surgeons instruct patients to begin breast massage as early as one week after augmentation. It is important to follow your doctor’s specific guidelines for optimal results.
How Long Will I Need to Perform Breast Massage?
For best long-term outcomes, patients need to massage their breasts indefinitely following augmentation. For the first six weeks, we recommend performing these exercises two times a day. After that, once a day should suffice.
Contact Us for More Information
To learn more about breast augmentation or post-op care guidelines, reach out to one of our knowledgeable team members in Halifax. Contact us online anytime or call us at (902) 492-2007.