Is It Normal for 1 Breast to Be More Swollen & Painful Than the Other 1 Week Post-Op?

I had breast augmentation done this past Monday, so im 6 days post-op, my right seems like its almost healed and not much pain at all but my left breast is still very painful!! I have shooting & burning pains & it is also a little more swollen than the right? It even makes my left arm feel numb all the way to my fingertips at times!!

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1 week post op breast pain

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Thank you for the question.  Differences in breast pain at 1 week post op is not uncommon.  Breasts do heal at different rates.  if your concern does not get better within the next few weeks, best to contact your board-certified plastic surgeon.  Best of luck, Dr. Michael Omidi.

Pain and swelling post augmentation

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Pain and differential swelling of the breasts is very common at one week after breast augmentation. Marked swelling on one side with significant pain can indicate a hematoma or bleeding. This should be evaluated by you board certified plastic surgeon.

Todd C. Case, MD
Tucson Plastic Surgeon

Uneven swelling after breast augmentation surgery

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Absolutely! It is almost the norm to have unequal swelling between the breasts after breast augmentation procedure especially at one week after surgery. The pain you are describing is also common but if persists you should check with your surgeon!


Wish you quick and successful recovery !!!!

Swelling 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.
Every patient recovers differently and each breast heals at its own rate. The shooting, burning pain you described could be nerve regeneration. It is imperative to follow up with your board-certified plastic surgeon regarding your pain and throughout your recovery. 

Pain after breast augmentation

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Swelling on one side after breast augmentation is not uncommon; if you have marked swelling (usually with bruising) it may be a sign of a hematoma (blood colleciton) which your surgeon may need to address. It is always best to let your surgeon take a look and make sure.

Matthew Concannon, MD
Columbia Plastic Surgeon

One week after implants one breast swollen and tender

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It can be normal for one breast to be slightly more swollen or tender than the other, however swelling and pain on one side can also indicate a complication such as bleeding or hematoma. Have your surgeon take a look to be sure.

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