Breast implant displacement is recommended to maintain soft, supple breast implants for an optimal and natural-appearing breast augmentation. These techniques can be utilized for both smooth saline and smooth silicone gel-filled breast implants. Although never proven, breast implant displacement exercises may reduce the risk of capsular contracture; they also help to reduce post-op swelling and hasten implant settling.
Patients may begin breast implant displacement exercises one to two weeks after surgery depending upon the level of pain and discomfort they are experiencing. Initially the breast implant may not move very much, and the displacement may be mildly uncomfortable. As you continue to heal, swelling and discomfort will improve, and you will be able to perform these displacement exercises more easily. Listed below are several techniques that can be utilized.
- Place your hand flat over the nipple-areolar complex and press the implant inward towards the chest wall. Hold the implant in this position for 5 seconds; repeat 10 times.
- Slide each implant straight upward along the chest wall (you should see the upper breast fullness increase below the collar bone). Hold the implant in this position for 5 seconds; repeat 10 times.
- Push/slide each implant medially. Hold the implant in this position for 5 seconds; repeat 10 times.
- Push/slide each implant laterally. Hold the implant in this position for 5 seconds; repeat 10 times.
- Move the implants in a circular motion.
Perform these exercises three (3) times daily, for six months following surgery.
Then perform these exercises two (2) times daily, for the next six months.
Perform these exercises once daily thereafter.
These exercises may be performed while standing, sitting, or lying supine.
Use of a moisturizing lotion, while performing massage, will help to condition your skin.