Should I Be Concerned, Breast Augmentation a Year Ago and One Breast is Still Numb and Did Not Fall Like the Other?

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See your surgeon

At this point, I would suggest you see your surgeon to discuss your results. There are many reasons why one of your breasts is sitting higher up. For example, the pocket may have not been created properly, or any natural asymmetry you had before surgery may still exist. Another reason is capsular contracture that should be resolved with proper treatment. That's why you should see your surgeon to determine the reason for your asymmetric breast positioning.

Numbness can take up to 2 years to resolve, and it is rarely permanent.

Best of luck!

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Should I be concerned if one breast is still numb and did not fall like the other following augmentation?

Dear Amy,

I would say that the answer to your question is - 'are you concerned that the breast has not dropped and is still numb'?  If you are not concerned, then don't let anyone make you concerned!

If you are concerned - there is not a lot that can be done about the numbness, although there is a chance there may still be some recovery.  With regard to the asymmetry, you should consult your plastic surgeon to see if a revision is needed.  As a rule, I try to put patients off having too many operations on their breast if they can avoid it, so unless it really bothers you, it may be best to leave it.  Good luck.

Breast asymmetry following breast augmentation

Failure of one implant to settle like the other may be the result of pre-operative asymmetry, scar capsule formation, or inadequate release of the pectoralis muscle (if the implant was placed beneath the muscle).  If you have noted any gradual improvement in sensation, it may continue to get better - if your sensation has not improved since surgery, the decrease may be permanent.  I would recommend that you follow-up with your plastic surgeon, so that the cause of your asymmetry can be determined, and you can be advised regarding the best options for correction.

Good luck.

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Craig S. Rock, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Implant issues

It sounds like you may have a capsular contracture that may require release of the pocket to allow the implant to come down.  As for the numbness, this may be permanent.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Breast asymmetry after breast augmentation

Sounds like you may have capsular contracture on the side that has yet to fall; the scar tissue may be holding the implant in a higher position. I recommend seeing your plastic surgeon for a complete examination. If this is the case, you may need surgery to correct the irregular contour.  As far as the numbness is concerned, it may not recover much more if it's been one year since surgery.

Best wishes,


William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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