16 days post-op breast augmentation question. Can anyone help? Its uncomfortable at night

5'2 120 lbs 450 ccnatrelleinspiraSRF. I had BA 16 days ago& for the past 5 or 6 days my right breast has been painful,especially on waking.I notice it most when I am laying flat &then sit up or if I am at an incline for a period of time &then sit up.My left breast feels fine.During the day the pain comes and goes but isn't as bad.Its like a sharp pain that's almost in a line shooting toward my nipple & if I touch it while its aching, it hurts like crazy.

Doctor Answers 12

Pain in breast after BA

Hi there and thank you for your question.  What you are describing is typical of nerve sensation in your right breast and this is not uncommon.  It will settle down as your breast heals. You can help this by supporting you breast with your left hand when you sit up etc.  Good luck with your recovery and remember that you are through the worst period now.

London Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Augmentation early post op

Thank you for your question.

In my opinion, you are still in the recovery period after your breast augmentation surgery and symptoms like the ones you mentioned are not uncommon. They usually get better over the next few weeks. Make sure to follow up with your surgeon.

I hope this helps. Best wishes, Dr. Salameh

Bernard S. Salameh, MD
Bowling Green Physician
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Post-breast augmentation pain

It is not unusual for the two breasts to be different with respect to pain during the healing process in the first few weeks as the layer of fibrous tissue called the capsule forms. However, if you develop persistent pain or if the pain is associated with a tightening of the implant on one side, you should consult with your plastic surgeon promptly.

Joseph Fata, MD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Discomfort after Breast Augmentation

Thank you for your question.

It is not uncommon to have the symptoms you are reporting, especially now that you are probably becoming more active.  The nerves and other tissues are getting used to their new position.  Why one side hurts more than the other is anybody's guess.  I would continue to follow closely with your doctor and follow their recommendations.  If there is anything concerning to you, I would contact them to discuss the issue.


Dr. Michael Epstein

MAE Plastic Surgery

Northbrook, IL

Michael A. Epstein, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

Post Breast Augmentation Surgery

Thank you for your inquiry. After Breast augmentation surgery your breasts may heal differently. One may be more sensitive to touch or even swell more than the other. This is a normal occurence and should be no cause for concern or worry. Be sure you attend all your follow up appointments and express your pain to your surgeon so he or she can assure you all is well and normal. Best of Luck,

Omar Fouda Neel, MD, FRCSC, FACS
Montreal Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

16 days post-op breast augmentation question. Can anyone help?

Thank you for your question. When performing a Breast Augmentation, even though we do the same procedure on each side, each side will heal different. Sometimes one side will swell up more, will have pain or sensitivity issues. These issues will usually resolve with time. I would suggest to keep in touch with your surgeon to address your concerns. Good Luck.

Franco R. Jacome, MD
Mexico Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews


It is frustrating that we can't immediately go back to normal right after surgery.  But it does take time.  It is very common that one side will bother more than the other side.  As others have said, it is most likely a nerve that is irritated.  It is common to get "sharp, shooting" pains as the nerves try to recover from the misery we have put them through.  Patience and time are your best friends.  Good luck.  I hope you are otherwise enjoying your results.

James D. Frost, MD
Pensacola Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

16 days post op, some advices:

Thanks for the question
Its too early to talk about results.
In my practice, after performing a BA I recommend to my patients to limit the movement of the arms for two weeks. After that, you can move your arms taking care and always with common sense.
In this regard, it's not advisable to carry heavy weights to prevent the implant out of position, and allow the formation of the physiological capsule around the implant, also to avoid pain and breast swelling.
Kind regards,
Dr. Emmanuel Mallol.-

Emmanuel Mallol Cotes, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 252 reviews

16 days post-op breast augmentation question. Can anyone help? Its uncomfortable at night

Thank you for your question and I am sorry to hear of your pain.  After an augmentation the nerves of the skin are stretched as a result of swelling and the increased volume of the implants. This stretching irritates the nerves which can cause a number of different nipple and breast skin sensations including increased/decreased sensitivity or a burning/electrical feeling. These normally resolve spontaneously given enough time.  Hang in there and be sure to mention these issues to your surgeon during your post-operative appointments.

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 65 reviews


I appreciate your question.

Since there has been a change in your post op course, please contact your plastic surgeon so he/she can examine you and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan at this time.

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.
Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative breast surgery.

Best of luck!

Dr. Schwartz
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Director-Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute

Jaime S. Schwartz, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 91 reviews

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