How to Massage the Breasts after Implant Surgery for Augmentation
How to massage breasts augmented with saline and silicone implants
After breast enlargement surgery, I or one of my cosmetic plastic surgery team show the cosmetic breast augmentation surgery patient how to massage the breasts after Implant Surgery Augmentation. This is a critical step in securing a positive outcome of a breast augmentation surgery with either saline or silicone breast implants.
The massages start on the second day after the surgery. The breast augmentation patient’s body will start to form a capsule, or scar tissue, around the implant. If left unchecked, the capsule can contract and lead to a breast that feels hard. Massaging the breast ensures that the breast implant has the maximum amount of room to move under the skin and muscles of the chest so as to feel and appear the most normal. I want my breast enlargement patients’ breasts to fall forward when they bend at the waist and back toward the arm pits when they lie back. That is how breasts are supposed to act.
I encourage my patients to massage their breasts five times daily for five minutes each time during the first two weeks after surgery. Thereafter, “the more you do it the better.” After two months, just once a day will suffice, unless hardness has set in. In that case, continued massage and taking medicine to lessen capsular contracture will be beneficial.
Here is a video demonstrating how to massage breasts after implants:
In general, any movement of the breast is good and will decrease the chances of capsular contracture and hardening of the breast. Again, the massage should be performed five times a day for five minutes each time for at least two weeks; the time can be reduced thereafter but should be continued until the implants have fallen into their normal position on the chest wall. This can take up to four months.