Is Squishing Noise & Swelling Normal 2 Days Post Breast Augmentation?

Is it normal to have squishing noise and swelling on my sternum, sides & back after BA two days ago?I got silicon unders, 325 and 350

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Recovery Post Breast Augmentation

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.
Be sure to follow up with your board-certified plastic surgeon regarding questions or concerns during your recovery. 

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Hearing Sounds after Breast Augmentation?

What you are describing is quite commonly described after breast surgery.  The sensation of air trapped in the tissues is also commonly described. However, any significant increase in swelling/size would be of concern.

 Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Squishy noises after augmentation

are guaranteed to go away with time as the fluid and air is resorbed.  Watch for marked changes in breast size as this is a more urgent issue.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
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Squishing noise 2 days post op

The squishing noise and swelling that you are describing 2 days post breast augmentation sounds normal.  Good luck with recovery.

Sacha Obaid, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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That noise is normal 2 days post-op

At 2 days following surgery, a large number of my patients have that exact squishing sound you describe.  There is some fluid and swelling still around the implant and in the tissues, and there is also some air left in the tissues that was introduced during surgery.  All of these things will resolve on their own with time, and you shouldn't worry about them.

Joseph L. Grzeskiewicz, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Completely Normal

My patients often call concerned about squeaking or even farting noises and these are all completely normal as there is a small amount of fluid and air trapped around the implant.

Evan Feldman, MD, FACS
Texas Plastic Surgeon
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Not to worry- It is completely normal post Breast Augmentation Surgery


The squishing noise and swelling is very normal post Breast Augmentation Surgery. You should expect the initial swelling to go down substantially sometime within the next 1- 2 weeks or so. You'll start feeling more like yourself as the implants settle in and that squeeky, squishy noise goes away.

Moriah Moffitt, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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Is Squishing Noise & Swelling Normal 2 Days Post Breast Augmentation?

Both are normal. When the incision is closed there is air trapped in the pocket, and it is resorbed over the course of a week or so, and that is the source of the strange sounds. Swelling is common.

Not to worry. All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Strange noises in the chest are common for several days after breast augmentation.

Before the capsule has formed around the breast implant, the pocket in which the implant resides as fluid which the implant can shift as it moves around. This can generate some benign sounds that can be unnerving. Nothing to worry about.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Gurgling Implants

Yes, this can happen.  If some air is trapped in the pocket where the implant is placed, it may gurgle or whistle with motion until it is all absorbed.  This should resolve within 1-2 weeks.

John Michael Thomassen, MD
Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon
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