This common after surgery. Your surgery, as well as the implants, have caused the numbness and it sounds like you're finally getting some feeling back into your breasts. That explains the pins and needles feeling, like you get when your foot has fallen asleep. This should go away in a couple of weeks.
The Healing of Sensory Nerves Following Augmentation
Tingling, burning or shooting pains, which will disappear with time and
should not alarm you, indicate regeneration of the sensory nerves. If these
#sensations cause pain, repeatedly, local self-massage helps. However, #massaging should be approved by your surgeon and is not suggested for textured #implants. Most importantly, you should make an appointment to discuss your healing concerns with your surgeon.
Breast Augmentation and Healing
Numbness and shooting pains are very common after any surgery, including breast augmentation surgery. The numbness almost always goes away in time. The shooting pain will settle as well. One way to speed that is to massage the area. This will desensitize the nerves and speed their recovery. I hope that helps. Best regards.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
It is best to direct your concerns to the surgeon who performed your procedure. You may have numbness, tingling and a burning sensation for up to 6 months after your breast augmentation. If these symptoms persist I would contact your surgeon.
Shooting pains after breast augmentation
Thank you for your question. If you are still experiencing shooting pains after 6 months it is best you to see you board certified plastic surgeon to evaluate the situation. It would be difficult to fully assess your situation before seeing you. It
would always be best to visit your board-certified plastic surgeon and get a
full assessment for your concerns. Best
of luck. Dr. Michael Omidi.
in-person exam with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the best way to assess
your needs and provide true medical advice.
Shooting pain after breast augmentation
Thank you for your question. It is uncommon to have shooting pains so long after the procedure. It is most likely that you nerves are tethered or entrapped in scar tissue. It could also be that they were stretched and went out of commission for a while, and now starting to recover and wanting to let you know they are coming alive. If the symptoms are unbearable, then I would visit with your plastic surgeon. There are some medications that can help with the nerve related discomfort.
What to Expect Following Breast Augmentation - Pain, Swelling, Sensitivity
Breast augmentation is often accompanied by pain,
swelling, and nipple hypersensitivity. These are essentially normal findings
which usually resolve on their own. The weird sensation that you describe is
known as a dysesthesia. It’s very similar to what happens when your leg falls
asleep. The phenomena occurs when the nerves are compressed or stretched.
During and after breast augmentation surgery, this is exactly what happens to
the nerves that supply the nipple. The breast implant underneath the nipple
compresses and stretches the soft tissue and nerves that supply the nipple and
areola. In many cases, this process is made worse by swelling.
Patients typically describe a painful, tingling, burning
sensation that can be very uncomfortable. In many cases, clothing rubbing
against the area can elicit a pins and needles sensation.
These symptoms usually resolve in
six to eight weeks, but may persist for longer periods of time. In some cases,
aggressive massage can desensitize the area and minimize the pain and
discomfort associated with this condition.
Shooting pains can occur for variable amounts of time after breast augmentation and can still be quite normal. If you are doing something in particular to create the pain, you should back off from that activity until it is no longer painful. It may take 2 years for things to be back to normal.
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. The Peri-areolar incision is associated with increased risk of nipple numbness due to the fact that the nerve is in close proximity.
Pablo Prichard, MD
Shooting pains normal months after breast augmentation?
Hello! Thank you for your question! Your symptoms sound like your
nerves regenerating. Breast procedures such as the
breast augmentation and breast lift/reduction certainly result in a more
perky, and fuller appearance of your breasts. With any breast procedure
there is a risk, albeit very small, of change in
sensation to the area. The reported rate of sensation changes
(decreased, loss, or increased) is ~7% for lift/reductions and much
smaller for breast augmentation. In my experience, this rate is
reportedly much lower, but is higher when tissue is excised or the
amount of lift that is needed, so the breast reduction procedure has a
slightly greater risk. It can take up to a year for full sensation to
return. Re-educating your nerves to these areas by using different
textures when showering and putting on lotion often helps. Your description sounds as if it is your nerves regenerating.
It is one risk of such a procedure, and
one that you must consider, amongst others, as with any surgical
procedure. You should consult with a plastic surgeon well-trained in
breast procedures who will examine and discuss with you the various
risks and benefits of the procedure(s) and assist you in deciding if
such a procedure will be the right decision for you.