I am 24 days post breast augmentation with mastopexy for the left breast. When I bend down, I still feel pressure or discomfort. Is this normal and will it go away?
Tightness and Discomfort After Breast Augmentation
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Mastopexy and pressure
Bending over after breast surgery increases your blood pressure and will cause throbbing or discomfort for several weeks. Be patient, this most likely will go away over time.
Discomfort, tightness normal after breast augmentation
Breast implants will press against the pectoralis muscle making your chest feel tight. Especially in healthy athletic patients, it will take time (2-3 months) before these feelings go away.
Discomfort will go away as nerves adapt to the implant
You may be experiencing a dyesthesia from the stretching of the lateral nerves. This is very common and can be positional. When you bend over you are adding stretch to the nerves. This is usually described as a burn or deep ache sensation. Light massage helps but this will go away as the nerves and breast tissue adapt to the implant.
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Discomfort and tightness normal after Breast Augmentation
Have patience. You are only 3 weeks out from your surgery. Discomfort and tightness are common after breast augmentation and mastopexy. Your tissues will relax and soften over the next few months. Good luck!
Tightness and discomfort after augmentation can be normal
I would like to echo what the other doctors have said, and add that if you are pre menopausal, you may feel more discomfort during your menses--especially if you have PMS.
The tightness will resolve with time
Having some discomfort and tightness with movement after breast augmentation/mastopexy can happen and is normal. For most women, this will resolve over the course of a few weeks.
Discuss with your surgeon what he or she would like you to do over the next few weeks to help the implant settle and the scars soften. I wil usually have my patients begin massaging the breasts as well as the scars at about 2 weeks after the procedure-- I find this not only helps the implants settle and the scars fade, but also reduces the discomfort that some patients have.
Overall, sounds like you're healing normally,
Normal for this point in time
Yes this is to be expected and a normal consequence of the healing process. The capsule tends to take 6 weeks to develop and during this time the scar tissue becomers firmer.
Discomfort or tightness not necessarily uncommon
There are many factors involved that could contribute to a feeling of tightness or pressure following breast augmentation. One will generally feel tighter after a primary/first time augmentation, moreso if completely under the muscle as opposed to partially under the muscle. Gentle massage and full time bra support may give you some assistance.
Breast Augmentation discomfort most likely temporary
It is perfectly normal for you to experience some positional discomfort this soon after your surgery. As you continue to heal, these symptoms will most likely resolve. Wearing a brassiere around the clock may both improve your discomfort and help your result.
Sounds like a typical Breast Augmentation recovery
You may imagine that it is difficult for us to know your progress without seeing you as a patient. However, here are some of the things we discuss with patients about their recovery from augmentation combined with mastopexy (lift)
After the first three weeks, you should be able to resume vigorous activities, working-out, cardio, gardening, tennis, golf, etc. You will experience discomfort when you first resume some strenuous activity. Go at things gradually. Don't expect to start back at your full work-out or 2 hour tennis matches.
At 3-4 weeks most patients tell us that they do not have pain, but they do notice occasional discomfort, either from sensitive nerves or when straining to do something. This sounds like what you are experiencing. I suspect it is normal and you should continue bending, but discuss it with your surgeon
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