If you’re considering getting silicone breast implants, you may be wondering if you’re supposed to massage them. Here’s what you need to know.
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It’s important to keep in mind that each person’s body is unique, and you should always consult with your plastic surgeon about the best way to care for your implants. With that said, let’s take a look at whether or not you should be massaging your silicone breast implants.
As a general rule, you should start massaging your silicone breast implants within the first few weeks after your surgery. This will help to prevent the formation of hard scar tissue around the implants, which can lead to complications such as capsular contracture. Additionally, massaging your implants will help to keep them soft and natural-looking.
To massage your implants, simply place your hands on either side of the implant and gently massage in a circular motion. You can do this for 5-10 minutes at a time, several times per day.
If you have any pain or discomfort while massaging your silicone breast implants, be sure to stop immediately and consult with your surgeon.
What are silicone breast implants?
Silicone breast implants are gel-filled implants that are used to increase breast size, fullness, and shape. They are typically made of a silicone outer shell and a silicone gel filling. Many women choose silicone implants because they tend to feel and look more natural than other types of breast implants.
Silicone implants are generally considered safe, but there is a small risk that the implant could rupture or leak. If this happens, you may need to have the implant removed or replaced. Some women also complain of pain and/or stiffness in the breasts after getting silicone implants.
To help reduce the risk of complications, it is important to follow your surgeon’s instructions for caring for your implants. This includesmassaging your breasts regularly (as often as your surgeon recommends). Massaging helps to keep the implant in place and prevents it from becoming hard or misshapen. It also helps to reduce the risk of capsular contracture, which is a complication that can occur when scar tissue around the implant tightens and squeezes the implant.
Massaging silicone breast implants
Silicone gel breast implants are safe and do not need to be regularly massaged, according to the FDA. However, your doctor may suggest that you massage your breasts daily starting at about a week after surgery. This helps prevent the formation of hard scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture).
The benefits of massaging silicone breast implants
It’s not uncommon for women with silicone breast implants to develop hardened scar tissue around the implants, a condition known as capsular contracture. This can happen when the body forms too much scar tissue around the implant, causing the breast to feel hard and abnormal. While there is no guaranteed way to prevent capsular contracture, massaging silicone breast implants is often recommended as a way to help keep the tissue around the implant soft.
There are several benefits of massaging silicone breast implants. First, it can help to keep the area around the implant free of hard scar tissue. Second, it can increase blood flow to the area, which can help to prevent the development of capsular contracture. Third, it can help to break up any existing hardened scar tissue. Finally, it can increase your range of motion and make it easier to effectively self-examine your breasts for any changes.
The risks of massaging silicone breast implants
It is common for women with silicone breast implants to massage their breasts after surgery. This is done to help settle the implants into place and to prevent the formation of hard scar tissue around the implant. Massaging also helps keep the implants from becoming too close together or too far apart.
However, there are some risks associated with massaging silicone breast implants. The most serious complication is a rupture of the implant. Ruptures can occur with any type of implant, but they are more likely to occur with silicone implants than with saline implants. A rupture can cause leaking of the silicone gel into the surrounding tissues. This can lead to pain, swelling, and other problems.
Another risk of massaging silicone breast implants is capsular contracture. This is a hardening of the tissue around the implant. It occurs when scar tissue forms around the implant and squeezes it. Capsular contracture can cause pain and distortion of the breasts.
If you have silicone breast implants, you should talk to your doctor about whether or not you should massage them.
At this time, there is no conclusive evidence that massaging silicone breast implants is necessary or even beneficial. Some doctors believe that massaging may help prevent capsular contracture, but this has not been proven. If you have silicone breast implants, you should discuss the risks and benefits of massage with your doctor.