How to Maintain Your Breast Implants

Written by Dr. Sean Maguire on October 14, 2015

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Proper care and maintenance can help keep your bigger, fuller breasts beautiful and healthy for as long as possible. With this in mind, Dr. Sean Maguire of Physician’s Center for Beauty would like to share with you the following tips to help you properly care for your breasts.

Follow Post-Op Guidelines

Caring for your new breast implants starts right after your breast augmentation surgery. Dr. Maguire will give you a list of instructions to follow during your recovery period. These instructions will include details on medications and when it is safe to resume normal daily activities. If you have any questions during your recovery, Dr. Maguire, or another member of our surgical team, is available to speak with you.

Moisturize Regularly

Keeping your breasts moisturized will help keep them looking and perky as possible. Moisturizing your breasts hydrates the skin and promotes the production of collagen, a protein that is responsible for keeping your skin healthy and supple. As an added precaution, remember to apply sunscreen to your breasts whenever necessary. Overexposure to UV rays can damage breast skin and cause breast sag.

Wear the Right Bra

Now that your breasts are bigger and fuller, they require more support. A sturdy, well-fitted bra can protect your breasts from bouncing and prevent them from sagging. Consider getting professionally measured at a department store or specialty boutique to learn your exact bra size. This will make shopping for a properly fitting bra easier. Your bra should be snug without cutting into the ribcage or putting strain on the shoulders or back. Remember to wear a proper sports bra when participating in high-impact exercise.

Massage Your Breasts Regularly

Following your breast augmentation surgery, it is recommended that you gently massage your breasts each day to help maintain their shape and beauty. This will also decrease the risk of capsular contracture, which occurs when scar tissue around the implants tightens and hardens. Dr. Maguire recommends you massage your breasts daily starting a week after your breast augmentation surgery. Gently move the implant up, down, left and right, holding the implant in each position for a few seconds. Dr. Maguire recommends you massage your breasts for the first three months after surgery.

Get Regular Mammograms

Regular mammograms and breast check-ups are important for all women, including those with breast implants. Mammograms allow doctors to screen you for breast cancer and other health conditions. It is recommended women age 40 and older have a yearly mammogram, while women age 50 to 74 should have a mammogram every two years. Women ages 20 to 39 are advised to have a clinical breast exam once every one to three years.

Do you have more questions regarding your new breast implants? Dr. Sean Maguire will gladly answer all of your questions and concerns. For a personal consultation with Dr. Maguire, please call the Physician’s Center for Beauty at (502) 897-7546.

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