I Am Three Days Post Op for Breast Aug. Hurts to Touch Breast?

I had 425cc in my left breast and 475cc in my right. I was a 34B- before surgery. My left breast seems to be doing fine with minimal pain. They both have moderate bruising underneath and along the anterior side. My right breast which has 475cc is very sensitive to touch and it hurts to do the implant displacement exercises. I can feel the implant move when I get up and move different ways. My right breast is slightly harder as well. Is this normal because it was the smaller breast ?

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The days' postop for breast augmentation. It hurts to touch the breast

It is common to have a difference in pain from one side to the other after a breast augmentation. However, if you had more swelling on one side it might suggest that you had an underlying collection of blood that may need to be drained. If you had redness and or fever it would suggest that you had an underlying infection. Normally infectious problems don't show up in the first 3 days. If there is no unusual swelling or redness it is likely you will be fine. Good luck

Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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8900 West Dodge Road
Omaha, NE 68114

Pain Post Breast Augmentation Procedure

Thank you for your question. I have included some typical expectations of breast surgery recovery and signs to watch for following breast augmentation:

  • Stiffness, swelling and bruising in the chest region: These are normal experiences as the skin, muscles and tissue heal. Pain medication and muscle relaxants will help you cope with any discomfort. Consistent sharp pain should be reported to your board-certified surgeon.
  • Hypersensitivity of nipples or lack of sensitivity: This is normal and will gradually resolve over time.
  • A mild to severe itchy feeling of the breasts is possible as healing progresses. An antihistamine like Benadryl can help to alleviate severe, constant itchiness. If the skin becomes red and hot to the touch, contact your board-certified surgeon immediately.
  • Asymmetry, the breasts look different, or heal differently: Breasts may look or feel quite different from one another in the days following surgery. This is normal. No two breasts in nature or following surgery are perfectly symmetrical.
  • Discuss returning to work with your board-certified surgeon, in our office it is typically 3-5 days post-surgery but you may not overexert yourself or do any heavy lifting.
  • You may resume exercise and your normal routine at six weeks unless your surgeon advises otherwise.
It is important to remember that every patient recovers differently and each breast heals at its own rate. Please contact your board-certified surgeon with and questions or concerns regarding your recovery. Good luck.

Brian Coan, MD, FACS
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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6216 Fayetteville Rd
Durham, NC 27713

Pain 3 days post op

The pain you are describing seems to be common for a patient 3 days post op.  Each breast will heal at its own rate, especially since they were differently sized prior to surgery.  I recommend you continue to see your plastic surgeon for your follow up visits and contact him/her with your questions and concerns.  Good luck.

Mennen T. Gallas, MD
Katy Plastic Surgeon
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21300 Provincial Boulevard
Katy, TX 77450

Pain At 3 Days After Breast Augmentation


At 3 days post-op it is not uncommon to have bruising, pain, swelling causing asymmetry and implants relative "instability". With time, a capsule will form around the implants stabilizing them into the pockets they occupy.

Furthermore, it seems that you are right handed and you may be using your right arm excessively in an unintentional manner hence it could contribute to the pain in your right breast.

I recommend that you keep your surgeon in the loop of your progress, follow his/her instructions religiously while monitoring your progress closely.

I hope this helps.

Thank you for your inquiry.

The best of luck to you.

Dr. Sajjadian

Ali Sajjadian, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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496 Old Newport Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Pain 3 days after a Breast Augmentation

It is common this early after surgery to have the issues you discussed.  The breasts will heal at different rates, one being less painfull than the other and may even settle faster. That is all completely normal. Many patients find the more painful breast is the side of their dominant hand.  You dont realize how much you do with that hand and arm without even thinking about it.  Continue your massage and follow-up with you plastic surgeon.  I hope this helps.

Kindest regards,

Neil J. Zemmel

Neil J. Zemmel, MD, FACS
Midlothian Plastic Surgeon
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611 Watkins Centre Parkway
Midlothian, VA 23114

Post augmentation recovery

Post op one should expect some swelling, tenderness and bruising.  If you are concerned with your recovery, it is best to call and let your plastic surgeon evaluate you.  It would probably assure both of you that your recovery is on track.  Best Wishes 

Craig Harrison, MD, PA
Tyler Plastic Surgeon
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1100 East Lake Street
Tyler, TX 75701

Breast augmentation

Post-op it is fairly common to have some bruising, some pain, and some weird sensations. How much is too mcuh is hard to say. Best to see your surgeon.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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1049 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10028

Pain after breast augmentation

Thanks for your question.  In my practice it is unusual to have even mild bruising a few days after surgery.  Please see your plastic surgeon and make sure you do not have a hematoma.

Vishnu Rumalla, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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1870 Keller Parkway
Keller, TX 76248

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