How To Relieve Pain From Tissue Expanders – Naturally
One of the things I hear most frequently from women going through breast implant reconstruction is their pain and frustration over those darned tissue expanders, so today I’m offering some information on how to relieve the pain from tissue expanders – naturally.
Tissue expanders are temporary devices implanted within chest muscles after a mastectomy, the main goal being to expand the tissues of the chest in order to accommodate an implant after removal of the patient’s own breast. The point of the tissue expanders is to make room for a permanent breast implant, and it is the muscles that are being stretched that are the source of the pain and discomfort.
Depending on the elasticity of your skin, it can be a very painful and uncomfortable process. This is not true for everyone and it should be said that the pain and discomfort are temporary. But for those going through it, it can be pretty miserable, so here is some help for you.
There are certain essential oils that are very good for improving the elasticity of skin, the best ones being lavender, myrrh and geranium. The essential oils of wintergreen, peppermint and copaiba can also help to relieve pain and inflammation – without the use of NSAIDS, opiates (Yes! I know one doctor who prescribes Vicodin for this pain!) or other pharmaceutical drugs.
How to Relieve Pain From Tissue Expanders – Naturally
You will need:
1 small glass bowl
1 larger glass bowl
Organic, unrefined coconut oil
Essential Oils for Improving Skin Elasticity – lavender, myrrh and geranium – make sure they’re high quality oils, I only use Young Living Essential Oils
Essential Oils for Pain Relief and Inflammation – wintergreen, peppermint, copaiba, clove
Step 1. We will work on pain relief first. Put about 1/2 tsp of coconut oil into the smaller glass bowl, set aside for a moment.
Step 2. Pour boiling water into the larger second bowl.
Step 3. Place the smaller glass bowl containing the coconut oil into the larger glass bowl. The boiling water will melt and warm the coconut oil. Once the coconut oil has melted, usually after a minute or two, just add 2-3 drops of each of wintergreen, peppermint and/or copaiba or clove (you can skip the boiling water and melting part of this if it’s a hot day and your coconut oil is already liquid!).
Step 4. Now dip your fingertips into the bowl containing the oils and gently massage into the sore tissues of your chest that are being expanded. Easy does it. These particular oils really help relieve pain and inflammation, as will the gentle massage. You could also do some gentle movement like yoga stretching. A cold gel pack can help a lot with pain if you’re in a hurry.
For Improving Elasticity of Tissue
Just go through steps 1-4 above, only substitute 2-3 drops each of lavender, geranium and/or myrrh. They all help to improve the elasticity of the skin, as will the warm coconut oil and gentle massage.
You can use this procedure as often as needed.
I hope that helps!
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