I asked my surgeon last week if I could rub cream in to mine and he was horrified and said no, no, no cream or anything. I think because of infection risk as I was only 2 weeks post op. My boob is huge and shiny because of the lymph fluid that won't go down. I'm supposed too get my first pump up next Friday, but really hoping the swelling decreases first.
Well the surgeon should have an opinion - after all it's in their interest to keep the breast healthy. I've been having very small fills every 6 weeks but that's because my skin is thin with very little fat protection. I've found it helps to write down all my questions beforehand, and take a friend/relative to write down the answers and make sure all the questions get asked! Also we make sure the answers are clear and repeated where necessary. Never forget you only get one chance to do this, so take all the time you need. You are entitled to receive good care. There may be perfectly good reasons why they have not mentioned massage or moisturising. And if the shiny skin concerns you they should be able to explain/reassure. I do know that any redness, swelling or signs of temperature are warning signs. Good luck with your appointment. xxx
I think it is very individual, as you say. Likely depends on the size - the expanders come in different sizes so obviously can take different amounts. I'm small and my maximum will be less than 300ml but some will fill to 800ml or more. If you're not feeling pain I would imagine the filling rate is OK. However I am surprised you've not been advised about massage and moisturising. I have massaged and moisturised twice a day since 2 weeks post-op and I am now nearly 4 months post-op. My plastic surgeon said I should continue throughout the time that the expander is in my body. The expander is a foreign object and the body will constantly try to create scar tissue around it, hence regular massage is essential to disrupt that process. I guess if you're not having radiotherapy and/or the expander is going to be permanent, that might not apply to you.