Q&A: Breast Implant Massaging
Question: When do most plastic surgeons recommend massaging the breasts after having breast lift surgery with implants?
Answer: Massaging the breasts after cosmetic breast surgery should be directed by a board certified plastic surgeon. Type of massage and timing to start varies with each patient, and each breast, on an individual basis. Many surgeons have different protocols depending on multiple factors. I will frequently adjust or change the depth and frequency of massage for a variety of reasons including: implant position, any asymmetry, prior history of capsular contracture, any signs of thick scar formation, the type of lift, the quality of the soft tissue envelope, the thickness of the pectoralis muscle, any alteration of the fold position, the appearance of the wound healing, history of prior scar formation (good or bad), the clinical appearance of the nipple areolar complex, and whether or not an interlocking Gore-Tex suture was utilized – to name just a few variables! All of these are important factors and can play an important role in the decision making process. With close and frequent follow-up, the massage protocol is appropriately adjusted. The practice of plastic surgery is not only a science, but an art. It is important to see a plastic surgeon who is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This operative surgeon should direct the patient, or the masseuse on proper postoperative massage. If you are interested in more information about breast augmentation go here.
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