I am just over 3 weeks post op breast augmentation. I received 425cc in right and 475cc in left. My left breast had to have the dual plane procedure. However, that one is way more sore than the right one. Is this normal?
One Breast More Swollen After Breast Augmentation
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Too early to worry!
Asymmetry is normal
Three months is plenty of time to determine the final outcome in breast augmentation. Although there continues to be changes over the next 3 months they are very minimal. The picture you provide demonstrates a very minimal difference. But remember that you were asymmetric prior to surgery. Your surgeon did the best he could to get you closer to symmetry after augmentation. You also have to remember that augmentation enhances the breasts so your surgeon has to limit this enhancement yet try to create symmetry.
Symmetry is not normal in nature. I'm sure your result is quite good. You look great in the photo so enjoy your new breasts.
It is still too early to tell
GIven that you had some asymmetry preop, and that the implants placed are different sizes, it will take some time for everything to settle before you know your final result. I would stay in close contact with your surgeon who can examine you and reassure you as you heal and as the implants settle into their final position. At the moment, based on your photo, I do see the slight difference that you are describing, but it appears to be within the limits of normal healing, and my guess is that you will have an outstanding result once everything has healed.
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Swelling After Breast Augmentation
- Stiffness, swelling and bruising in the chest region: These are normal experiences as the skin, muscles and tissue heal. Pain medication and muscle relaxants will help you cope with any discomfort. Consistent sharp pain should be reported to your board-certified surgeon.
- Hypersensitivity of nipples or lack of sensitivity: This is normal and will gradually resolve over time.
- A mild to severe itchy feeling of the breasts is possible as healing progresses. An antihistamine like Benadryl can help to alleviate severe, constant itchiness. If the skin becomes red and hot to the touch, contact your board-certified surgeon immediately.
- Asymmetry, the breasts look different, or heal differently: Breasts may look or feel quite different from one another in the days following surgery. This is normal. No two breasts in nature or following surgery are perfectly symmetrical.
- Discuss returning to work with your board-certified surgeon, in our office it is typically 3-5 days post-surgery but you may not overexert yourself or do any heavy lifting.
- You may resume exercise and your normal routine at six weeks unless your surgeon advises otherwise.
Breast Augmentation Swelling And Soreness
Not uncommon for one side to hurt more
Uneven Swelling Following Breast Augmentation
It’s not unusual to experience swelling in the post-operative period following breast augmentation. This swelling may occasionally result in transient asymmetry. This should improve with the passage of time.
It appears that you had asymmetric breasts prior to surgery. This was severe enough that different procedures were performed on each side. Under these circumstances, it’s reasonable to expect improvement, but unreasonable to expect perfect symmetry.
It’s normal to have some breast asymmetry even after breast augmentation. It’s still early, be patient and give the swelling time to resolve. Make sure you discuss your concerns with your surgeon. You may still be very satisfied with your results.
Continue to follow your post operative instructions for a normal recovery
This is a very frequent question and yes, early asymmetry is expected. One breast can be more painful than the other. Give it time and the implant will likely drop and you will achieve better symmetry. Right now continue to follow your plastic surgeons advice as far as wearing a bra and massage.
Breast Swelling post BBA
Your results are expected at 3weeks post-op. Given that you had pre-existing asymmetry, your surgeon has attempted to achieve symmetry by using different sized implants. That doesn't mean you can expect perfect symmetry. You should expect improved symmetry. I tell my patients that their breasts are "sisters, not twins".
Asif Pirani, MD, FRCS(C)
The goal of surgery is to be less uneven. Asymmetry is normal
There is always more pain in one breast than the other and it is natural for you to compare.
If you think about what surgically took place, let's review. Your SMALLER left breast recieved the LARGER implant. Whereas the opposite is true with your right breast. Let's use an oversimplified analogy. IF we put a baseball in your left blue jean pocket but put a golf ball in your right cargo pants pocket, how do you think they would feel different? The left breast is naturally tighter and being stretched more than the right.
Give it time and perform breast implant displacment exercises if suggested by your surgeon.
From the looks of things, it appears that you have an excellent outcome.
ALL breasts are uneven. The goal of surgery is to make them less uneven, no one can achieve perfect symmetry. ASYMMETRY IS NORMAL.
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