My Right Breast Become Hard and Swollen After Breast Implants? (photo)

I had my surgery almost a month. And it was all good until this morning. My left breast is fine but my right breast become hard and swollen so that I feel pain and its hard like rock! Does it a capsular contracture happen on me? Help!

Doctor Answers (10)

Breast Implant Surgery

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You can develop a hematoma or seroma any time after surgery, the swelling is dramatic and should probably be drained to improve the log term sequelae of surgery


New York Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling

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Capsular contracture does not happen so early after surgery. The swelling on the two sides may be resolvong at different rates

Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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A sudden change in the shape is worrisome. I suggest that you see your surgeon as soon as possible to be properly evaluated.  Good luck!

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Hello Angelica. Thanks for posting and your photos. This could a muscle spasm. It may also be the beginnings of a capsular contracture. Swelling can also occur when you developed trapped fluid under the skin like a seroma or hematoma. If this indeed is a sudden change than you should contact your PS today. There's no way to know exactly what the cause is without an examination so I suggest you talk to your plastic surgeon today. They may want to see you in the office. Best wishes, Dr. Aldo.

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