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Does Massage Really Help?

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Does Massage Really Help?
« on: July 08, 2014, 10:04:02 PM »
I've been massaging and massaging and it seems like it loosens things up when i'm doing it, but that it also causes a little bit of swelling. Haven't noticed a huge difference so far, though 6.5 weeks out. Do any of you really see a benefit of massaging?

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Re: Does Massage Really Help?
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2014, 02:44:16 PM »
There doesnt appear to be any hard evidence for or against it. Some surgeons recommend it and others don't think much of it. Trained masseuses use massage to break up scar tissue and reduce tension to aid recovery from musculoskeletal injuries but an untrained person may not have the required technique or delicateness to massage post-gyne surgery.

Re: Does Massage Really Help?
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2014, 01:58:27 AM »
I'm 3 months out and I stopped massaging for awhile because I thought it was pointless.

I had my 3 month post op appointment today was instructed to keep massaging every day for two minutes twice a day.

I wasn't 100% happy with my left side and I was told it was because the scar tissue needs to be broken up and spread out.

Well, just from getting back to massaging a few times today, the left side already has seen a big improvement especially when I flex.

Definitely keep at it if your surgeon told you to.

Re: Does Massage Really Help?
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2014, 10:25:48 AM »
Massage, at best, can deal with some swelling due to fluid.  It will mobilize the fluid and try to make it disappear.  Massage does not break down scar tissue on the chest.

Massage early in the healing process can actually cause swelling -- therefore I do not recommend massage until at least two months after surgery.

And then, it may help or not, but it won't make things worse.

Dr Jacobs
Dr. Jacobs 
Certified: American Board of Plastic Surgery
Fellow: American College of Surgeons
Practice sub-specialty in Gynecomastia Surgery
815 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10021
Telephone:  (212) 570-6080
Email:  dr.j@elliotjacobsmd.com
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