4 weeks post-op, am I maybe feeling my implant? Is it normal for it to be hard on the lower outer side?

I'm about 4 weeks post op and whenever I sit up I feel like my left boob, towards the lower outer side is harder and that I am maybe feeling the implant? I don't feel this much on the right side. Is that normal?

Doctor Answers 10

Breasts feel different on the two sides a month after surgery

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Thank you for asking about your breast augmentation.

I understand your concern and doubt that anything is wrong but without an examination, no one can tell you what you are feeling and if this is expected. Please see your surgeon for your 6 week follow-up appointment and have your surgeon check you and tell you what is going on.

Best wishes. Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

Something hard on the side of the breast - implant port, or lump, etc.

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I would recommend a quick follow-up with your surgeon to have your concerns addressed because it could be the implant, or it could be something else such a lump.

If you had saline implants placed in your breasts, then rippling it common with them, and they can feel hard upon touch. The implant could be palpable under the breasts, on the inner and outer sides of the breasts, especially if there is less soft-tissue coverage for the implant. It could also be that the saline implant's fill port and plug is being directly felt at the bottom side, while it is not positioned the same way in the right breast.

As you can see, many of the answers are just speculations based on whether you have saline implants or not.

It is best to have your breasts examined by your plastic surgeon. Their instructions and advice should take precedence over everything else you read here.  

Hope this helps.

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 518 reviews

Implants can be palpable

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so you really need to see your surgeon for an evaluation of your concerns and to get the reassurances you need to allow you to continue to heal without anxiety.  The outer lower quadrants are where the tissue coverage is the thinnest and its normal that it may be palpable on one side and not both sides.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Breast Augmentation/Breast Implants/Anatomic Gummy Bear Implants/ Silicone Implants/Breast Implant Revision

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I appreciate your question.

I would recommend that you contact your surgeon to discuss your concerns at this time.

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.

Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery.

Best of luck!

Dr. Schwartz

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon


Breast augmentation

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Hello and thank you for your question. It is hard to determine what you may be feeling from the description you have provided. An evaluation would be the best way to determine what may be going on. 

Best Wishes

Theodore Nyame, MD
Charlotte Physician

4 weeks post-op, am I maybe feeling my implant? Is it normal for it to be hard on the lower outer side?

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Thank you for your question. Remember, it is best to be seen in person by a double-board-certified plastic surgeon for precise diagnosis and treatment.

Moneer Jaibaji, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon

Feeling of Implant at 4 Weeks Post-Op

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1.    pain is variable

2.    it takes 2-3 months for implants to settle and muscles to relax

3.    celebrex, motrin, and muscle relaxers can help

4.    massage and stretching may help

5.    everyone heals differently

6.    4-7 days off from work is common

HEALING OF SENSORY NERVES: Tingling, burning or shooting pains, which will disappear with time and should not alarm you, indicate regeneration of the sensory nerves. If these sensations cause pain, repeated, local self-massage helps.

ASYMMETRY: The two breasts commonly heal quite differently. One breast may swell more, feel more uncomfortable, or have a different initial shape. After complete healing, they will be more similar and natural. You must have patience, but if this causes concern, ask questions of the doctor or the nursing staff.

SHAPE AND CONTOUR: The final shape of your breasts will start to look its best approximately three (3) months after surgery. It takes time for the skin and muscle to stretch and relax around the new implant. The breast will often look higher, firmer, and “less natural” in the first three (3) months. It can take up to a year to see your final result.

FOLLOW-UP EXAMS: These are generally done in 1 week, 2 to 3 weeks, 3 to 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months to 1 year, and 1-2 year intervals. In our office we include all of your follow up appointments in the initial surgical fee.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Feel the implant?

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Thank you for your question.  It is very common to be able to feel the implant, especially on the outer and lower part of the breast--this is where you are the thinnest and have the least amount of tissue over the implant.  Always smart to have your surgeon check it out and put your mind at ease.

Brian C. Reuben, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Am I feeling the implants

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Thanks you for your question.  Without pictures or an examination, it's impossible to answer your question. You could indeed be feeling your implant in the lower outer quadrant of your breasts. Remember there is no muscle coverage there. If you're concerned about this, you should see you contact your surgeon. Good luck. 

Mehdi K. Mazaheri, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

4 weeks post-op, am I maybe feeling my implant? Is it normal for it to be hard on the lower outer side?

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Thank you for your question. I would recommend that you discuss this question with your surgeon, so that they can evaluate you. It is possible to feel the implant. This is more common in women who are thin. On the lower outer quadrant the implant is covered by the least amount of tissue and that's where he can be the most palpable.

Congratulations on your recent surgery.

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