Breast Implant Massage
Implant massage is extremely important in order to ensure long lasting, soft breasts following breast augmentation. Dr. Sorokin, a breast enhancement specialist in New Jersey, believes breast enlargement patients should diligently perform this procedure. He believes that this is the most important precaution women can take in preventing capsular contracture, or a hardening of scar tissue around the implants.
For more details about breast implant massage and other techniques to maximize your health after breast augmentation in New Jersey, request a consultation with Dr. Sorokin at Delaware Valley Plastic Surgery in Cherry Hill.
The Capsular Contracture Problem
After breast augmentation the pocket around any implant develops a lining of scar tissue. When capsular contracture occurs, this scar tissue begins to tighten, typically with one implant beginning to feel harder than the other. Eventually the implant may change shape or become painful.
Capsular contracture can be prevented in many women by massaging the implants after breast augmentation.Patients are advised that for the first 3 months after surgery (starting at day 10) the implant needs to be moved in the pocket at least 5 to 6 times a day. The implant can be rolled back and forth, squeezed with your fingers, and compressed repeatedly with your hands. After 3 to 4 months the implants need to be massaged for at least a minute twice a day.
What should I do if my implants start to get hard?
If an implant begins to harden you need to notify Dr. Sorokin immediately. In the early stages, capsular contracture sometimes can be reversed with medication. After severe capsular contracture develops the only way to cure the problem will be with surgery which would involve expense, recovery, and additional discomfort.
What else can I do to protect my health?
While there is no scientific data that proves breast augmentation patients should take a preventative course of antibiotics before dental work or other surgical procedures, evidence does exist that bacteria entering the blood stream can migrate to the implants and cause infection. Many plastic surgeons, including Dr. Sorokin, believe that the risk of taking preventative antibiotics is outweighed by the problems that capsular contracture causes.
Dr. Sorokin recommends that his breast augmentation patients consider taking antibiotics before any surgical procedure. Learn more about protecting your breast health with antibiotics.
If you're particularly concerned about capsular contracture and maximizing your breast health after surgery, request a consultation online or call (856) 797-0202 to come in and talk with Dr. Sorokin in person.