I had my breast augmentation 3 1/2 years ago - under the muscle saline 375cc's. I have had throbbing pain across my breasts on and off since I have had them done and extreme nipple sensitivity. More on my right than my left. It is quite uncomfortable at times. I am wondering if this is normal and something that will never go away? I keep thinking it should get better then it happens again. Thanks for your time.
Pain and Extreme Sensitivity 3 1/2 Years After Breast Augmentation?
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Extreme nipple sensativity
Thank you for your post. In general, most women who have a disturbance in nipple sensation, whether it be less (hypo-sensation), or in some cases too much (hyper-sensation), the sensation goes back to normal with 3-6 months. Occasionally, it can take 1 - 2 years to be normal. Extremely rare, the sensation never goes back to normal. This is extremely rare in augmentation alone, more common in lift or reduction but less with a smaller lift like a crescent lift. Signs that sensation is coming back are needle type sensation at the nipple, itchiness at the nipple, or 'zingers' to the nipple. The number of women that lose sensation is much lower than 10%, closer to 1% in a simple augmentation. In some cases the same occurs with contraction where some women have no contraction and some women have a constant contraction of the nipples. Unfortunately there is no surgical correction for this. Massaging the area can help sensation normalize faster if it is going to normalize, but will not help if the nerve does not recover. In women with hyper-sensitive nipples, this will go away with time in most cases. Usually 3 months or so. In the interim, I have them wear nipple covers or 'pasties' to protect them from rubbing. It is unlikely that down-sizing the implant will cause regaining sensation. Down-sizing the implant may cause saggy breasts, however, and may necessitate a breast lift. Physical therapy with de-sensitivity techniques can help with this issue. In your case with quite prolonged sensitivity, it could be that a capsule has developed and wrapped around the nerve compressing it. This may be relieved with a capsulotomy.
Pablo Prichard, MD
Pain 3 Years After Breast Augmentation?
Thank you for the question.
You should be seen by your plastic surgeon to rule out issues such as encapsulation and/or breast implant displacement and/or neuroma.
Pain after breast augmentation
It s unusual for someone to have pain and nipple sensitivity so long after breast augmentation. I suggest that you see the plastic surgeon who performed your surgery for an evaluation. There may be several causes of pain and sensitivity; for example, you may have formed a capsule that is causing pain and irritating the nerves that supply your nipple. A thorough history and physical examination should help your doctor to devise a plan to help you find relief. If the pain is severe, persists and does not respond to treatment, you may consider removing your implants in an effort to relieve your symptoms.
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Any pain more than several weeks is too long following breast augmentation. As stated by others, a nerve may be stretched, or a neuroma, or a thickened capsule (capsular contracture). A visit to your plastic surgeon and a possible capsulectomy or exploration may be a possibility.
Chronic pain of breast radiating to nipples.
IF you pain has persisted for more than 3.5 years, I doubt that it will resolve at this point in time. The most likely cause is stretching or distention of the nerves to the nipple., In some instances a supportive bra can be quite helprul in alleaviating this discomfort. It may be an indication of other underlying conditions and should be evaluated. Timely mammograms are also essential.
Chronic pain and nipple sensitivity after breast augmentation
Nipple sensitivity is common following breast augmentation, particularly in subglandular (on top of the muscle) implants. To have continuous pain radiating in the breast is abnormal. Many reasons can cause this from capsular contracture, nerve damage (neuromas), or changes in breast fullness with hormonal fluctuations. I would recommend a consult with your plastic surgeon for a full evaluation. Although the nipple sensitivity and the soreness seem related as they are both sensory changes, they may be two completely separate issues.
I think it would be best to schedule a consultation with your surgeon so that they can assess the area to see particularly wheth
Thank you for your enquiry, it is unusual for you to have a stroking pain in your breast 3 and a half years following surgery and at this stage it may not get better with time.
I think it would be best to schedule a consultation with your surgeon so that they can assess the area to see particularly whether you are developing capsules which can cause these types of symptoms.
I wish you the best of luck with this consultation.