Breast augmentation is a highly advanced and complex surgery that requires thorough postoperative care. Because Breast Augmentation has a few side effects, patients need to understand the rehabilitation period and follow the postoperative guidelines to ensure everything goes well.
Scar tissue, irritation, itchiness, and swelling are common side effects of breast augmentation. However, you can prevent these issues by strictly following your health provider’s guidelines. One method to achieve your goals and reduce complications is massaging your breasts.
Breast massage is an excellent way to eliminate the excessive collagen accumulated in the surgical area. The purpose is to leave the scar flatter and improve your skin’s appearance. Besides, massage increases blood circulation to the site and keeps the tissues flexible and scar supple.
Besides, you can keep your scar tissues moist and hydrated to speed up the healing and recovery process. Today’s article will discuss how massage is beneficial and how to do it safely. Read on!
How do you massage scar tissue after breast augmentation?
Massaging your scar tissue is a step-by-step procedure that requires carefulness and proper care. Otherwise, you may disturb your breast tissues, slow down the healing process, and damage the implants.
Experts recommend using your fingertips for applying gentle pressure to the scar tissue and surrounding area. Make sure you move your fingertips in three directions: back and forth along the scar’s length, from one side to the other, and small circles.
In addition, when moving your finger from one side of the scar tissue to the other, maintain a steady pace or move slowly along its length. That way, you can massage the entire scar tissue and surrounding areas.
Moreover, massaging your breasts in smaller circles along the scar’s length is a reliable way to increase blood flow to the site and reduce the risk of excessive collagen accumulation.
What happens if you don’t massage your breast implants?
A regular breast massage routine is essential during the recovery period, reducing the risk of capsular contracture. Although capsular contracture rarely occurs after breast augmentation, not massaging your breast implants can increase the risk of this condition.
The complication is characterized by the hardening and tightening of soft tissues surrounding the implants. Likewise, not massaging your breasts can cause stiffness in muscles and tissues, leading to excessive discomfort and pain, especially when you touch your breasts.
Moreover, not massaging your breast implants increase the risk of implants’ improper settlement under the tissues. Therefore, daily breast massage is critical for achieving more natural-looking results.
What is the proper Breast Massage Technique?
Patients can use different massage techniques to speed up the healing process and achieve better results. The best method for massaging your breast is at least three times a day during the first 30 days.
Likewise, when the implants settle properly without tightening and hardening, we recommend continuing to massage your breast at least once a day to improve your results further.
For instance, cupping each hand over your breast and gently moving and pressing them downward and upward can increase blood flow. Another reliable method is to push each breast toward the center of your chest. Once your breasts are in the middle of your chest, make sure you hold them for a few minutes before pulling them outward.
When should I start breast massage after augmentation?
Massaging your breast immediately after breast augmentation is not ideal and can cause complications. However, after one week, you can begin massaging to promote healing by increasing nutrient-rich and oxygenated blood flow to the surgical site.
Waiting 7-10 days is beneficial because the circular movements of your fingers do not disturb the implants. That’s when your incisions have adequately healed and are less prone to infections.
Massaging your breasts for a few minutes three times a day after one week during the rehabilitation period can lower the risk of complications and speed up the overall recovery time. Our expert cosmetic surgeon can give you practical guidance if you need more information on massaging your breasts after breast augmentation.