Breast Implant Neuropathic Pain?

I recently (two weeks ago) had silicone breast augmentation. (placed under the muscle). I have had the nipple/breast numbness since surgery, but have been also experiencing neuropathic pain more recently. The nipples and area around the nipples are very sensitive, feels burning at times, or sharp shooting pain sometimes. Will this get better over time?

Doctor Answers 3

Neuropathic pain after a breast augmentation

What happens is the lateral intercostal nerves, those that come up between the ribs, were stretched by your activity and the implant.  The result is a shooting, stabbing type pain.  At times this pain can feel like a deep burn or an ache.  Gentle massage along the lateral edge of the breast usually helps.  This pain is not usually indicative of any problem with the implant or  your result and will get better over time.

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Nipple pain following Breast Augmentation

Since you are only 2 weeks post-op, it is not unusual to experience pain or sensation in the nipples area.  Be sure to follow up with your surgeon as recommended for the best results.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Nipple Sensations After Breast Augmentation

These neuropathic sensations you are describing are not unusual following any surgical procedure, particularly the nipple and its surrounding area after breast augmentation.  Disruption of the very small sensory nerves with dissection and implant placement are primarily responsible for these sensations.  They can last up to one year post-op (and rarely longer), however, they almost always subside and disappear as the healing process progresses.  The silver lining in have new beautiful breasts with intact nipple sensation.  Best wishes for a quick recovery!

Louis DeLuca, MD
Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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