After you have a
breast augmentation, at first the breasts will appear very full. But, as the muscles and skin
relax and stretch to accommodate the implants, they will begin to “settle”
nicely. During this initial period, your body will develop a capsule around
the implants, which is a natural immune response.
Your immune system is responding to the implants in your chest because
they are foreign, non-living materials. What happens is, the body builds
a “capsule,” which surrounds each of the implants. These capsules
are made up of scar tissue or collagen fibers and form over a period of
about three weeks.
Sometimes, the capsule will tighten and when this occurs, it’s called
“capsular contracture.” As the collagen fibers build up, they
can shrink and tighten around the implants. In effect, as the implant
is squeezed, it can feel hard and be painful.
To help prevent capsular contracture, plastic surgeons usually recommend
that patients perform daily breast massages for the first few months following
the breast augmentation. While there are key benefits to daily breast
massages, they do not entirely prevent capsular contracture from occurring.
However, if it does develop, breast massage can help reverse the hardening.
Using the Proper Techniques
We recommend talking to your surgeon about
when you should start massaging your breasts after surgery based on your implants
and particular needs. Most practitioners advise patients to begin daily
massages around the first or second week after surgery.
Make sure you don’t perform just any massage; there is definitely
a safe, beneficial way that will help your breasts heal. Your doctor and
staff can show you and explain how to properly massage your breasts after
surgery. Also, it’s not uncommon for one breast to soften and settle
before the other, so don’t let this worry you if it happens.
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Dr. Yuly Gorodisky, contact our office today.
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