Many patients at my plastic surgery center in Toronto get regular back massages. However, after a breast augmentation it is important to consult your surgeon before scheduling a massage. This is because lying on your stomach after breast enhancement can put pressure on your implants, which can be risky during your initial recovery period.
At what point is it okay to get a massage?
Most physicians recommend waiting at least 6 weeks after surgery before getting a massage that involves lying on your stomach for more than a few minutes. This is because it takes about that long for the capsules around breast implants to heal and hold the implants in place. The capsule acts like an internal bra that secures the structure and position of your implants. Before that 6-week mark, the capsules are still delicate and prone to stretching or tearing. Lying on your stomach can increase these risks and even cause displacement of the implant.
Options for massage
Fortunately, not every type of massage requires you to lie on your stomach. Usually, you have the option to lie on your back, a position that provides a safe alternative during those first few weeks after surgery. You might also consider getting a shoulder, head, or foot massage during your recovery to help you to relax and take your mind off things as you heal. Just make sure to let your massage therapist know about your procedure and ask that they not put too much pressure on your shoulder area.
What about chiropractor appointments?
The same considerations should also be applied to chiropractor visits. Although it is not typical to lie on your stomach during a chiropractic appointment, the same principles apply—putting too much pressure on your implants can cause discomfort and compromise results.
In the end, I advise you to be as cautious as possible. If you aren’t sure whether or not something is safe during your recovery or have any questions or concerns whatsoever, do not hesitate to call us. We are happy to explain any post-op restrictions.
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