So I'm almost 4 months out and I barely started using the strap to help my left breast settle like the other. My problem is that since i started using it my right armpit has been swollen and I just discovered a painful round lump under my armpit. Could this mean I ruptured my right silicone implant? I'm 23 years old and have never experienced painful lumps before. Should I be worried? Am I using the bandaeu too tight?
Could I Be Experiencing a Ruptured Implant?
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A lump in the breast a few months after surgery can represent many different things. It is best to see your surgeon regarding this matter. Good luck.
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Painful Round Underarm Lump and Breast Implant Rupture
Using a strap to help your left breast implant settle is unlikely to cause a leak in the right breast implant, even if it is used tightly. The most reliable way to determine a silicone breast implant leakage is to obtain an MRI. Silicone breast implant ruptures often present as a change in shape or firmness of the breast implant. However, any painful breast or underarm mass requires further examination and I would strongly suggest that you follow-up with a board certified plastic surgeon.
Lump under Armpit
You should see your breast surgeon/plastic surgeon for assessment of the lump. Additional imaging such as an MRI may be required.
Asif Pirani, MD, FRCS(C)