I had my implants replaced after 9 years 10 days ago. One side is soft, feels fine and normal and the other is solid. Implant on the soft side moves freely while its difficult to move the one on other side. Should the hard side soften or is this something to worry about?
Hard Breast Implant After Replacement Surgery
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It is normal for the 2 sides to feel and look different initially and long term. If there is a great deal more bruising and/or pain, follow up with plastic surgeon as soon as possible.
One breast is harder than the other: when to look into this.
If this occurred suddenly, you should have it evaluated. If it is larger it may be a sign of seroma and the FDA has recently asked use to evaluate these more closely in the past.
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Revision Breast Augmentation for Capsular Contracture
Revision surgery for breast implants is commonly done for size changes, though removing scar tissue around the implant which is called a capsulectomy is usually part od the operation. A capsular contracture usually does not occur one week after surgery and is more likely a hematoma, which is more common with a capsulectomy. I would recommend following up with your plastic surgeon. This may also represent muscle spasms though I would rule out a hematoma first before saying it is that.
Firmness on one side after 10 days may be of concern.
At 10 days after surgery, each breast should have a similar feel to them. A very firm breast is concerning for fluid or blood around the implant. I recommend a follow up visit with your surgeon soon. Capsular contracture would take at least 4 weeks before showing any signs.
Hard Breasts for more than 6 months? See your doctor
It depends on how long it has been since the last surgery. It is normal for one side of the implant to feel firmer and experience more swelling up to 6 weeks post surgery. However, if it has been longer than 6 months or the hardness happened abruptly, it could be a sign of capsular contracture (formation of scar tissue). I would recommend contacting your physician for a follow up.
One hard side
The side that is hard may have some fluid or a hematoma and you may want to bring it to the attention of your doctor.Is that side bruised?Check it out with him.
Hard implants after revision breast augmentation
See your surgeon. A mild difference in texture between right and left sides is not unusual, but a more dramatic difference may indicate a collection of blood (hematoma) or other problem.
Firm breasts after replacement
Developing firm breast within 2 weeks of surgery demands a visit to your surgeon to evaluate for fluid collections such as a seroma or hematoma. Assuming these are not present, this may be a manifestation of early scar formation.
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