Breast implants are relatively low maintenance, but there are a few follow-up tips that women who have had breast augmentation may want to consider.
1. Get An MRI Every Two Years
Although silicone implants are safe and effective, FDA guidelines recommend that beginning three years after augmentation surgery, women should get an MRI and repeat this check-up every two years. Unlike saline implants, if a silicone implant ruptures it is not always detectable through physical examination. Biannual MRIs are recommended to determine if a silicone implant has ruptured.
2. Invest in Supportive Bras
Implants add weight to your breasts. After your breast augmentation, it’s best to wear bras that provide good support to prevent your breasts from sagging and stretching your skin. Whether working or playing or just hanging out, give your breasts the best support you can. From office attire to athletic wear, there’s no shortage of well-designed garments to offer you ample support.
3. Give Yourself Regular Massages
Implement a routine of daily breast massage with your shower, making sure that implants can move both up and towards the middle of your chest. A small amount of regular massage may help to ensure your implants continue to move naturally just like your own breast tissue.*
4. Prepare for the Dentist
Your annual dental cleaning disperses normal mouth bacteria into your bloodstream. Although women with implants have been getting dental cleanings for years without problem, there’s some anecdotal evidence that links dental procedures with capsular contracture. Play it safe by taking a broad spectrum oral antibiotic several hours before and after your dental appointment. Your dentist should be able to give you a prescription.
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.