Breast Augmentation is one of the most popular procedures done worldwide for patients who wish to increase the size of their breast for both cosmetic as well as return the aesthetic look of the breast after cancer, mastectomy, and breast reconstruction.
Once the patient receives Breast Implants, the plastic and cosmetic community follows a specific protocol of aftercare, which may include the recommendation to massage the breast implants or not.
So what reasons determine the need to massage breast implants after surgery?
- Implant Type:
- Certain implants can be massaged like the smooth, non-formed, or non-shaped type of implants.
- Other implants that are textured or shaped, should avoid doing massages as it can create complications like seromas or mal-positioning.
- Speeding up recovery: Many surgeons will advise doing gentle to more progressive massaging to increase blood flow, loosen the tissue, speed up recovery, and in general help the implants to drop quicker.
- Capsular contracture or capsular contraction: Capsular Contracture is a condition where the normally occurring shell or sack that forms around a foreign body, begins to thicken, harden, and squeeze. The patient will notice that the breast implant is less squeezable, firmer, harder, tighter, and will normally either not drop or rise up and be uneven relative to the non-contracted breast.
The surgical community is divided, as the literature is not clear on if massages prevent or even help long-term with capsular contracture. Further, there is no general agreement on what type of massages to do, how the massages should be carried out, and how often, and even if the results sustain more than a couple of days.
Further issues with the massage of breast implants can be over-aggressive massage, which can create hematomas, seromas, and inflammation that can trigger a worsening of the original breast implant capsular contracture.
To complicate the matter further, the surgical community may recommend removing the breast implants by removing the capsule shell in a procedure called a capsulectomy, replace the implants, which comes with surgical risk, high cost, and unfortunately, the likelihood of the capsular contracture happening again, despite the type of surgical procedure, implant, or technique.
The non-surgical option to treat breast implant capsular contracture is called the Aspen Rehabilitation Technique. It is offered at the Aspen After Surgery Center located in Coral Springs, Florida. It is an international fly-in destination that offers a 5-day fast-track treatment for those suffering from breast implant capsular contracture who want to avoid surgery.
The treatment combines Aspen-designed technology that utilizes a proprietary Ultrasound in conjunction with manual techniques, or hands-on techniques, that when combined and rendered by licensed specialists, can loosen, soften, and stretch the breast implant capsule.
Once this is accomplished, patients will notice a progressive return of the position, shape, softness, and reduction in pain or tightness that they may have experienced with the capsular contracture.
Unlike massaging breast implants, which has no real long-term benefit and result and may only last for a few days, the Aspen After Surgery treatment research has shown a 90% improvement (Improved by 2 baker grades) in returning to improved softness, shape, and position.
Patients who have a history of capsular contracture that may require surgery due to implant rupture, calcification of the capsule, or the age of the implant can also use the Aspen After Surgery treatment to prevent a new capsule from forming if the treatment is started two weeks after surgery. This can help patients who have a history of capsular contracture, or high risk, reduce the likelihood of contracture returning after surgery.
For information on the non-surgical treatment of breast implant capsular contracture please call 818-478-9208 and speak to a clinical specialist regarding how to get treatment and the cost of treatment or request a VIRTUAL EVALUATION by clicking the link below: