3 Months Post Breast Augmentation: Experiencing Pain

it's been a week now that i feel localized pain on my left breast(the pain is like a bruise). i feel the pain on the sides of my left nipple toward my left arm. i also feel the pain on the incision site after i wear my none wire bra(like there's a feeling of heaviness),everytime i bend over(this time on the side of the left nipple again but extending medially)& when sleeping on my left side. is this something serious or it's just a sign of drop and fluff? thank you for the replies docs.

Doctor Answers 12

Pains in the breast 3 months following a breast enlargement

There can be numerous reasons that you are experiencing the discomfort that you describe 3 months following a breast enlargement. Some possibilities include breast cysts, localized inflammation, capsular contracture, scarring or even muscle related issues. You should contact your plastic surgeon who can then provide you with a precise answer.

Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Pain Post Breast Augmentation

Thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear about your discomfort. I have included some typical expectations of breast surgery recovery and signs to watch for following breast augmentation:

  • Stiffness, swelling and bruising in the chest region: These are normal experiences as the skin, muscles and tissue heal. Pain medication and muscle relaxants will help you cope with any discomfort. Consistent sharp pain should be reported to your board-certified surgeon.
  • Hypersensitivity of nipples or lack of sensitivity: This is normal and will gradually resolve over time.
  • A mild to severe itchy feeling of the breasts is possible as healing progresses. An antihistamine like Benadryl can help to alleviate severe, constant itchiness. If the skin becomes red and hot to the touch, contact your board-certified surgeon immediately.
  • Asymmetry, the breasts look different, or heal differently: Breasts may look or feel quite different from one another in the days following surgery. This is normal. No two breasts in nature or following surgery are perfectly symmetrical.
  • Discuss returning to work with your board-certified surgeon, in our office it is typically 3-5 days post-surgery but you may not overexert yourself or do any heavy lifting.
  • You may resume exercise and your normal routine at six weeks unless your surgeon advises otherwise.
Please follow up with your board-certified surgeon. It is very important to keep an open line of communication regarding your recovery. Best of luck.

Brian Coan, MD, FACS
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Pain Following Breast Augmentation

It's not unusual for patients to have pain following breast augmentation surgery. In the majority of patients, this pain has resolved within 4 to 6 weeks of the procedure.

The type of pain that you describe has become progressively worse over time. The pain is localized along the lateral breast pocket and seems to be worse when the implant presses against the area. These findings are consistent with irritation of the sensory nerves in this area. In most cases, these problems improve with conservative management and the passage of time.

Under these circumstances, consultation with your plastic surgeon is appropriate. When progress is slow, non steroidal anti-inflammatory agents may be helpful. Examples include Motrin, Aleve, and Ibuprofen to name a few. When these steps are taken, the vast majority of patients have successful resolution of their pain.

3 months post op pain

Thank you for the question.  It is not uncommon to experience pain 3 months post op.  it could be due to a nerve regeneration.  Best to contact your board-certified plastic surgeon for your concerns and have an in person exam.  Best of luck.  Dr. Michael Omidi.  

Michael M. Omidi, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 57 reviews

Best to ask your plastic surgeon

It might be some resolving nerve pain, but best to ask your own physician. In general, they are the best ones to ask first.

Joshua Korman, MD
Mountain View Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Breast pain after breast augmentation

It's not unusual to experience pain three months after your breast augmentation procedure since the nerves are still under stretch to a certain degree. If this is a new sensation or pain I recommend seeing your plastic surgeon for a complete examination.

Best wishes,


William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 330 reviews

Postoperative breast pain

It is not unusual to have sharp pains intermittently for some time (3-6 months) following breast augmentation. These pains usually resolve in frequency, duration and intensity with time. If they are getting worse, then you should consult with your surgeon.

Todd C. Case, MD
Tucson Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

Breast augmentation

A new pain 3 months after surgery should be examined. There are numerous possibilities ranging from normal To capsular contracture.

David L. Abramson, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
3.9 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Pain after breast augmentation

Any time an unexplained pain occurs after surgery, it's a good idea to contact your surgeon to make sure everything is OK.  It is common for patients to experience different sensations of pulling or pinching as things settle after surgery.

Malik Kutty, MD
Sugar Land Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Scar maturation with more time will likely improve your symptoms.

If all else is normal and unchanged, then it is highly likely that your symptoms are a result of an immature scar.  The normal progress is for these symptoms to become progressively better with lower frequency and amplitude of discomfort.  Usually all symptoms resolve by 6 months.  If your discomfort deviates beyond these parameters, you should return to see your plastic surgeon.  He will be able to examine your breast to rule out other possible issues as well as provide you with insight on how to manage the discomfort during this period of scar maturation.

Chen Lee, MD
Montreal Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

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