I had 300 CC silicone implants via areolar incision and am 6 days post-op. I feel great and have no pain from the swelling anymore but sometimes when I move the wrong way or stretch my arms to position myself on the bed, I feel a sharp pain like I pulled a thread or something. The pain only lasts a few minutes and then goes away...there are no visible signs of damage externally. should I be concerned and what are the repercussions of tearing an internal stitch?
Are There Internal Stitches Used in Breast Augmentation? I Had Mine 6 Days Ago and Felt a Tear but See No Outward Signs.
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Reduced Activities After Breast Augmentation
Sutures used in breast augmentation
Usually there is no need for sutures within the implant pocket with a primary breast augmentation. The breast tissue itself and the skin is usually sutured with dissolving sutures, these take around 6 weeks to dissolve.
The pain you describe sounds within the normal range after a breast augmentation. It is unlikely you have any problem if there is no ongoing pain, swelling or reason for concern. The nerves to the breast are often stretched by the implant and it takes several weeks for them to return to normal.
If you are still concerned you should contact your surgeon to double check everything is going well.
Internal sutures are present
yes you almost certainly have internal sutures. Sounds like you are doing great. Resist the temptation to overdo it. You can't tear anything though. It is not unusual to feel what you are describing. Best of Luck!
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Tearing sensation after Breast Augmentation
Yes there are usually internal sutures, but the pulling sensation can be due to many things. One thing I worry about is a tear in the new capsule which can cause bleeding. Evaluation by your physician should be done to make sure no damage has been done.
Stitches inside after a breast augmentation
Primary breast augmentation surgery usually does not include any type of pocket type od sutures. The parenchyma is sewn back together.
Internal stitching in breast aug
Through the areola, the breast tissue needs to be divided to get down to make the implant pocket. This is usually stitched bak after the implant is inserted. Discomfort is a sign you are overdoing.
Internal sutures with breast enlargement.
Regardless of incision chosen for augmentation mammoplasty, there are internal sutures, and excessive activity or stretching prematurely can tear or disrupt one or more of them.
However, it is more likely that you simply stretched a recovering sensory nerve, or stimulated a pectoralis muscle spasm (like a chest charley-horse), rather than tearing a stitch.
If you are asking, you may be "doing a bit much," but some movement and arm use is both normal and appropriate, and these sensations are usually normal! Take it easy and follow your surgeon's activity restrictions. In the absence of unusual swelling or persistent pain, what you are describing happens to most patients and is a normal part of recovery. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen
Breast Augmentation and Internal Stitches
I am glad that your recovery and result thus far have been pleasing. Typically, there are not internal stitches that are deep enough to cause the symptoms that you described. You should visit with your PS to address your concerns.
Vague pains after BAM
There are internal sutures placed during a breast augmentation. You do not mention if you had under or over the muscle, but regardless, there will be sutures internally.
Although it is possible for you to pop a suture, it is not likely that you continue to do so repeatedly (there simply are not that many placed). It is more likely that you are either breaking up scar tissue bands that are forming, or you are pulling a muscle that is in spasm.
As long as shape is fine you are likely fine too. I would bring this up at next visit so your ps can examine the area specifically.
Internal Stitches Used in Breast Augmentation?
In general, several layers of stitches (sutures) are used for this, and other, surgeries performed by plastic surgeons. The sensation you had is not uncommon but you should check with your PS to make sure this aspect of your healing it proceeding as it should. In the absence of any other problems - bleeding, redness, fever, increasing asymmetry, etc., - I would not be overly concerned with what you felt.
I hope that this helps and good luck,
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