After Breast Reduction Surgery Been Having a Crawling Like Feeling in Breast What is This?

Had a reduction about 2 weeks ago. Was taking Vicodan for pain but took self off was making me very sick. But breast feel like there is something inside crawling and it itches to as well as sometimes sharp pains.

Doctor Answers 4

A crawling sensation of the breasts following breast reduction surgery

The symptoms that you are describing are not uncommon after breast reduction surgery and are usually related to inflammation and irritation of nerve fibers. These are usually self limited and can be present from a few weeks to even a few months. Some women find the application of moisturizers to their skin helpful; others find anti-inflammatory medications useful.

Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery from Breast Reduction Surgery

You should discuss this with your surgeon, but tingling, burning and/or shooting pains can occur as the nerves start to regenerate. This will disappear with time. Gentle massaging may help. Good luck!

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Nerve symptoms after breast reduction

Have your doctor check you but what you are describing sound like nerve recovery symptoms and are normal after surgery like you have had.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Reduction and Strange Feelings?

Congratulations on having undergone the breast reduction surgery; it is one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform. The sensory changes you  are experiencing  may be related to nerves function returning. You may want to discuss the use of anti-inflammatories with your plastic surgeon.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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