I'm day 4 post-op and have had more pain on the left outer edge from the beginning but this morning woke up with sharp pains from the outer edge to the nipple on the same side. Its about two hours before another pain pill is due and ice and gentle rubbing help a little. The swelling is a little more than the right side but not major. Is this cause for alarm? Also no bruising or redness where the pain is...see pic posted.
More Pain and Swelling on One Side? (photo)
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Recovery and Swelling
- 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.
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Post breast aug pain and swelling.
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Hello and thank you for your question,
It is quite common to have a different amount of pain from side to side, and this alone is not a cause for concern. It is also common to have a different amount of swelling from side to side. What is uncommon is to have a sudden increase in the size of one breast. This could be a sign of a hematoma or blood collection in the breast. While there is a possibility you may have a small blood collection on the larger side, this may be unimportant. However, only your plastic surgeon can distinguish this with a physical exam.
Pablo Prichard, MD
Early postop pain.
Thanks for sharing. Most patients have a bit more pain or swelling on one side after surgery - so that by itself is not a reason to worry. Be sure to make your PS aware and follow their medical advice closely. Good luck, Dr. Aldo.
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Pain and Swelling on One Side
Your one line description might be alarming, and a sign of hematoma, but the photos look quite normal, and makes that rather unlikely. Most patients have more pain on one side than the other, and more swelling on one side than the other, usually without explanation..
Presumably you will be following up with your surgeon. Thanks, and best wishes for an uneventful recovery.
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