New Breast Implant with Moving Lump

On aug 24 2010 I had silicone round smooth moderate profile 450cc implant surgery. I am 5'9" at 140.Its 6 weeeks later and I found a small moving lump on my right breast. It sits just to the lower right of my nipple. It does move around easily and it's not near any crease or incision. They were placed inframammatory, my right one is taking much more time to relax and drop, I still have tenderness as well. The lump showed up fast, Cancer? Thank you for all the doctors who help patients on here.

Doctor Answers 5

See your surgeon or doctor'

Please see your GP or surgeon about the lump. It should be evaluated to ensure it's not dangerous. Best of luck.

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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362 Fairlawn Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5M 1T6

Breast lump


  There is only one answer to your question.  No lump in a man or womans breast should be considered benign until it is completely worked up.  Your inframmary incision (crease) will not produce this lump. 

  You must get this process in progress. 

           Steven M. Lynch, M.D.

Steven M. Lynch, MD
Albany Plastic Surgeon
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455 Patroon Creek Blvd #101
Albany, NY 12206

Lump in breast

Any lump of the breast should be evaluated in person.  Although the likelihood is that it is related to surgery, it may not be and your surgeon should examine you and proceed accordingly.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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1049 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10028

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