Can Air Pocket Burst from Sleeping on Your Stomach?

Had smooth round high profile gel cohesive implanted overseas 6 mnths ago, w/ no problem till now. 2 wks ago for 1st time since augmentation, I slept on my stomach. I heard a LOUD squeaking sound emanating from my breasts, like air being let out. This ws followed by a feeling of tightness 1st on left breast & now on both breasts - mostly on the side facing sternum. Now tightness PLUS soreness has mved to chest area. Im WORRIED. Note I started lifting 3 lb. weights ~ 1 mo ago

Doctor Answers 2

Squeeking breast implant after exercise

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You did not mention the type of implant, smooth or textured, highly cohesive, submuscular? What I can tell you is that there is no air around the implant. After exercise a textured implant, and much less often a smooth implant, will have just enough friction in the pocket to cause a rub which leads to inflammation, some fluid and tightness. The solution in the short term is rest, no upper body weights, a snug bra, and anti inflammatory medication.

Best of luck,


Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Popping after breast augmentation

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Popping following breast augmentation using gell implants without any trauma at 6 months is unusual but maybe you got a tear in the capsule that forms around your impant. This capsule is well formed as early as one monhth following augmentation and will continue to thicken with time.

Arian Mowlavi, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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