Having your breast implants performed by our experienced board certified plastic surgeons will help to transform not only your entire appearance but also raise your self esteem. However, in order to get your breasts looking and feeling as natural as possible, it’s important to follow your post-operative instructions. If you have smooth, round saline or silicone gel breast implants part of your recovery will involve implant displacement exercises. (Implant massage is not performed for textured round or anatomically shaped breast implants.) Breast implant massage exercises may play a role in reducing the risk of capsular contracture, but will also help soften the breast and assist with implant settling. Implant massage should only be started upon the recommendation of your surgeon. Read on to learn more about how to properly massage your breasts and breast implants.
Step 1: Use Warm, Clean Hands
Before you start massaging your breasts, make sure your hands are warm enough— this will ensure you are comfortable so you can spend the necessary amount of time on these exercises.
Step 2: Get Undressed
In order to properly massage both breasts without having to wrestle with your bra and/or shirt, get completely undressed from your waist on up. These exercises are easily performed in the shower, before getting dressed in the morning, after getting undressed in the evening, and while laying in bed. Breast implant massage can be performed while standing, sitting, or laying down.
Step 3: Locate the Implant
Before you actually begin massaging your breasts, you should properly locate your implants— this shouldn’t be too difficult. Once you have located your implants, you will perform these implant massage exercises by primarily pushing on, and moving, the breast implant instead of the breast tissue.
Step 4: Start the Massage
The massage process involves pushing/moving the implant medially, laterally, and upward. A few weeks after surgery the implant massage process may be a little sore and uncomfortable; and implant movement will be more limited. As time passes, swelling decreases, and the tissues relax you will be able to move the implants more easily.
Step 5: Repeat
Continue massaging your breasts for about 5-10 minutes on each side. Repeat this process three times per day for the first six months, and then two times per day for the next six months. After that, you can massage your implants once each day.
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If you are interested in learning more about the breast implant recovery process, contact Dr. Kenneth Dembny or Dr. Lawrence Sterkin today!