I Had a Breast Reduction on 8/20/2012. My Breasts Are Still Painful and Partially Numb. Is This Normal?

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It takes 6-9 months for you’re to feel your breast back to normal. The nerves regenerate really slowly. What you are feeling is normal.


Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

Concerns after Breast Reduction?

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Always  best to check with your own plastic surgeon about concerns after surgery.  If still in doubt, a second opinion with a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area may be helpful to you.
Online consultants will not be able to provide you with meaningful diagnosis, treatment recommendations, or reassurance.
Best wishes;  hopefully, you will be very pleased with the  long-term outcome of the breast reduction procedure.

Painful breasts after surgery

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Some pain and numbness are normal after surgery and can last for several months. It is impossible to tell without an in person examination whether what you are experiencing is normal. You should schedule an appointment with your surgeon who can check and make sure all is OK. Good luck to you.

Margaret Skiles, MD (retired)
Sacramento Plastic Surgeon

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At 2-3 weeks after a breast reduction, you will be numb and the breasts may be a bit painful. If you have concerns, you should see your surgeon.

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Breast reduction, about one month out and breast are still painful.

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Yes, this sounds normal, however you must make sure that you don't have an infection. The fact is that if you are not feeling sick or have fever or draining from your wounds, then you are probably okay.

Some soreness is expected, but excessive soreness warrants a talk and a visit with your doctor.


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Chicago Plastic Surgeon

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