When can I start massaging my breasts after a Breast Augmentation?

I had breast augmentation surgery 4 days ago - 350cc silicone implants placed under the muscle. My breasts look very unnatural now, feel very stiff and are high on my chest. I can tolerate the pain of massaging them, but I don’t want to do some damage. Does anyone know when is the best time to start massaging them? Maybe it will help my implants settle and feel less sore. My next appointment is in 4 weeks, and I don’t want to wait this long to find out if I should do it or not. Thanks!


F, 27, New Jersey

Depending on your doctor, you may hear different things. Some doctors say it's best to massage your breasts two days after surgery, while others want patients to wait at least 2 weeks before massaging their breasts. It typically takes around 6 weeks for the capsule to form around your implant, stabilizing the positioning of it. During this time, you'll want to massage your breasts to prevent your implants from moving to the wrong side, prevent them from rising up, loosening constricted regions and helping prevent capsular contraction around your implants. 




It is important to follow your surgeon's after care instructions, and I hope that you feel comfortable enough to call the office and speak with a nurse. You will feel uncomfortable for the first week. You had a significant increase in breast size, and your skin will feel tight, and your muscles will be stiff and sore for several weeks. But, it will get better each day. Do not massage your breasts. The implants will settle. The breast tissue is inflamed and swollen at this time, as can be expected. 

After I got my sub-muscular, saline implants, I know I was told to wait quite a while after surgery to begin massaging them. Have you tried giving your doctor a call to see what he or she has to say about it? I have noticed that some doctors urge patients to wait 2-4 weeks to begin massage to prevent aggravation of the incision areas and prevent additional breast swelling that massage can cause. However, I have heard of some doctors advising women to begin massaging as early a week after surgery. To stay on the safe side, I would give your doctor a call. Leave a message with the receptionist and have them call you back with the answer.