Is It Normal to Have Breast Pain 3 Months After Surgery? I Feel Burning and Needles

i had surgery 3 months ago and i have pain on my breast more like a burning or like a needle pocking me is the normal?

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Nerve regeneration

Generally this is the result of nerve regeneration, and will often subside over time. Tingling and burning are good signs and it most likely means that sensation is returning. Changes in sensation are normally temporary and resolve in the weeks or months following surgery. It is very rare that permanent changes occur.  

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Breast pain after breast implant surgery

It is very common to have symptoms of burning and tingling following Breast Augmentation for many months after surgery. This usually resolves over time. 
Christopher Costanzo MD Thousand Oaks. CA. 

Christopher Costanzo, MD
Thousand Oaks Plastic Surgeon
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Normal Post -OP Healing

The breast are still healing.  The nerves sometimes are stretched with cause temporary damage.The nerves heal as a sign of burning and tingling,\.  This is a good thing and much better than loose of sensation.

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Breast augmentation healing

pain is always a difficult issue..  healing continues for months.. nerves sometimes for 1-2 years

this will generally improve..   symptoms can be treated with anti inflamatories  like advil ,  celebrex.

 steroids can be used such as a medrol dospak

neurontin and other meds for chronic pain exist but are seldom necessary


Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Is It Normal to Have Breast Pain 3 Months After Surgery? I Feel Burning and Needles

You are describing sensations that are typical of nerve recovery after breast augmentation.

I suggest you see your surgeon who will recommend desensitization exercises. These will help clear up the unpleasant sensations more quickly.

Good luck!

Eric Pugash, MD
Vancouver Plastic Surgeon
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Post-op breast pain is not uncommon.


It is not uncommon to have weird sensations in the breast months after surgery.  What you describe sounds like nerve related pains that typically occur as the sensory nerves come back to life after being stretched during breast surgery.  Anti-inflammatory meds like Ibuprofen, etc. can help calm some of the symptoms down.  Ask your surgeon for options to help reduce your worry.

Warmest regards,

Dr. Shah


Breast Pain

It is normal to experience some burning, needling pain as the nerves regenerate.  I recommend Vit B6 100 mg three times per day to help during this period of healing. 

Scott W. Harris, MD
Plano Plastic Surgeon
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Burning pain after breast surgery

Shooting or burning pain after breast surgery is not uncommon. In fact in my experience oversensitivity is more common than loss of sensation. This will most likely resolve over the next few weeks to months.

Ann F. Reilley, MD (retired)
Baton Rouge Plastic Surgeon
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Burning sensation

SOmetiems as the body heals and the nerves that may have been disrupted are regenerating, you  may have sensations of buring or tingling. I would suggest yoou speak with your doctor and see him for evaluation.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Burning and needle sensation after breast surgery

Hi Isabella,

What you are describing is nerve pain. Many times with breast surgery (augmentation or reduction) nerves are inadvertently damaged. This may be through cutting, post op swelling (compression or stretching) or even blunt trauma (bruising of the nerve). All these are the different ways sensory nerves can be affected during surgery. In most cases, the injured nerve will heal itself. This takes time, sometimes as long as a year. So, please be patient and make your PS aware of this problem so that he can address it if necessary. Best wishes, Dr. H

Gary M. Horndeski, MD
Texas Plastic Surgeon
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