Could Pain Be Related to Older Implant Due to Scar Tissue?
- Asked by C in AR in Fort Smith, AR
- 2 years ago
I had a lift and augmentation almost 5 years ago. I had a severe hematoma 10 days after surgery. My chest filled with blood I had to have immediate surgery. The implant has never moved the same on that side and I know there is alot of scar tissue. Recently, I have been experiencing a strange sharp pain under my clavicle and scapula especially when I breathe deeply and flex my chest muscle. Could this be related to the implant since it was so long ago?
Pain after hematoma following breast augmentation
Blood in an implant pocket is very irritating to surrounding tissue as is a known cause of capsular contracture, even when the hematoma is evacuated right away. It sounds as though this is the problem. Revision of the pocket is probably indicated.
It is likely that you have a capsular contracture. A formal exam would be essential to determine your problem. You may need to have further surgery.
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It sounds like you have a capsular contracture around the breast implant which is almost guaranteed with your history of a hematoma. This is gradual scar tissue formation around the breast implant which can be painful and can cause deformities of the breast, such as firmness and rippling. You should have a mammogram prior to any breast surgery and maybe even an MRI to look for rupture. Please consult with a board certified plastic surgeon about your breast problems so that a revision procedure can be planned. I hope this helps.
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