Bumpy Breast Augmentation Line

The other day in the bath, I felt along the breast augmentation incision line (under my breasts), and the right one is fine, but the left one seems kind of bumpy along the line. It almost feels like little lumps. should i be concerned or is it possible that is just some of my breast tissue that has not yet settled?

Doctor Answers 11

Scar takes time to heal

Your scar takes time to heal and one scar can do so at a different rate than the other. While it's healing, it will feel more raised in texture and more visible. Allow it about a year, to heal.

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Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Your inicision line will smooth out with time

Dear babeinutah,

Some bumpiness along the incision line is not usual. Sometimes it will be worse on one side vs the other, as in your case. In the great majority of cases, the bumpiness will smooth out as the scar matures. It usually takes a few months but may take up to one year for the scar to mature. I wouldn't worry about to much at this time. Good luck.

Best regards,

Lawrence Tong MD FACS FRCSC 

Lawrence Tong, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Uneven scarring after Breast Augmentation

It is not uncommon to have differences in the healing of two incisions.  The bumpiness usually indicates a little more reaction on that side.  Early massage of both incisions, with an emphasis on the "bumpy" incision, several times a day with Mederma or other "anti-scar" creams may be very helpful.  The nightly applying of a small silicone patch over the "bumpy" incision may be helpful as well.  Mederma, silicone pads, and other "anti-scar" creams are typically sold in most drugstores and are widely available.  It would also be important to followup with your surgeon.  Low-dose steroid injections can be an option, if the scarring is more raised than average.  The good news is that scarring does tend to improve with time.  Best wishes.

Michael Vincent, MD, FACS

Michael Vincent, MD
Rockville Plastic Surgeon
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Healing after breast augmentation

Healing is a process very specific to you. It is possible that you have some stitches that are causing you some discomfort, but that is completely normal. If you are unhappy with you results or you are concerned about the way you incision is healing you should speak with you surgeon.

Joseph G. Bauer, MD, FACS
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Lumpy bumpy breast implant augmentation incision scar

There are a variety of reasons for this: sutures, fat necrosis, retracted/resected pectoralis muscle origin, Mondor's disease, etc. Discuss this with your surgeon.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Probably just dissolving sutures after breast augmentation


This is probably just sutures under the skin dissolving. Sometimes they form little bumps as they dissolve. These almost always go away in time, usually in several months. See your surgeon to make sure he is happy with how things are going.

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon
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Probably need time

It's very common for the deeper stitches to create scarring and inflammation around them resulting in a lumpy bumpy feel.  This will resolve over time.  In fact most scars take at least a year to mature.  So relax, continue to massage and take heart knowing it will turn out well.

Christopher L. Hess, MD
Fairfax Plastic Surgeon
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Most likely a healing scar



When the tissues are sewn together underneath, there can aftentimes be a perception of a firm or lumpy line which should soften as you heal over the course of time.

Dr Edwards

Michael C. Edwards, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Probably just buried stitches which will dissolve.


You don't tell us when you had your surgery.  If it was in the last couple of months, don't worry.

In breast augmentation surgery in New York City, we always use absorbable buried stitches that don't have to be removed.  But you can feel them for several weeks.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Scar maturation takes months

Smaturation may take months during which time the scar can be firm, raised, or irregular. Certainly have you surgeon look at it if you are concern, if not to just reassure you. There are also products like silicone gel sheeting that may help soften and flatten the scar. You should also be sure that there are not buried stitches that might be trying to spit out.

Robin T.W. Yuan, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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