The best way to prevent postoperative complications is to understand what you can do, or refrain from doing, to facilitate a problem-free recovery. For example, a common problem that arises in patients who have recently received breast implants is the condition called capsular contracture. This occurs when scar tissue forms around the implant, often leading to firm, misshapen implants. To help prevent this complication, Dr. Sam Sukkar recommends certain breast augmentation patients practice implant displacement exercises following their surgery.
Patients with smooth, round saline or silicone implants should perform displacement exercises, or gentle massaging of the breasts, starting approximately two weeks following their surgery. Dr. Sukkar explains that massaging the implants helps preserve some of the space around the implants. As a result, the healing process is less likely to cause hardened scar tissue to constrict the implants. Instead, they can move more naturally, rather than being fixed in one position.
While implant displacement exercises can be a productive way to prevent scar tissue from forming, Dr. Sukkar warns that not all patients with breast implants should do them. People with teardrop-shaped or textured implants should not massage their implants, as they are not designed to move, and this can create unnecessary complications. Dr. Sukkar recommends all breast augmentation patients consult with their surgeon before beginning the massage regimen to determine whether it is right for them.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding displacement exercises, or wish to set up a consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon, please don’t hesitate to contact us!