2 Weeks After Breast Aug, One Breast Is Healing Much Slower than the Other, Should I be Worried?

Im 17 days post op. Bruising only developed at 10 days post op on my right breast. Had quite a bit of bleeding on incision site (gone through 9 adhesive pads in 2 days). Both PS and nurse said bruising n bleeding are ok. But my right breast is healing much slower. It barely dropped while my left breast appears "healed". Could it be CC or just healing slow due to swelling n bruising? How can I tell? I didn't really message them, is it too late to do it now? I'm so worried and scared, Pls help

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Recovery After Breast Augmentation

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Thank you for your question. 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.
It is important to remember that everyone recovers differently and each breast heals at its own rate. Please follow up with your board-certified plastic surgeon regarding any concerns or question throughout your recovery. Good luck.

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Breasts often heal at different rates

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Everything is probably fine.

For the vast majority of patients, one breast heals slower than the other side. Typically but not always it is either on the dominant hand side especially if the implant is below the muscle, or if you are a side sleeper, the side that is dependent. Often there is no rhyme or reason. 

See your Plastic Surgeon re: his/her massage timing. For my patients I recommend starting whenever it is comfortable for them - typically  2-3 weeks after surgery. 


Differential healing

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It's not unusual for one side to heal faster than the other and, if you swelled and bruised more on one side, then it will take longer for it to resolve. Continue to followup with your plastic surgeon and try not to be scared at this point.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.