Pain After Breast Implants

It has been about a week and a half since my surgery. Most of my pain in my breasts has subsided but about two days ago a pain below my right breast right along my rib cage has been really hurting. It feels like a bruise, but there is no sign of bruising and it started happening 2 days ago. Normal?

Doctor Answers 17

Pain after a Breast Augmentation

Thank you for your question.  In the first few weeks and even months following a breast augmentation procedure, it is not uncommon for patients to experience some intermittent pain and/or discomfort resulting from the stretching of muscle and skin and the regeneration of nerves.  I would recommend, however, that you follow up with your operating surgeon for an evaluation to ensure that what you are experiencing is within normal limits and for better piece of mind.  Best of luck on your recovery!

Woodbury Plastic Surgeon
3.9 out of 5 stars 59 reviews

Pain after breast augmentation

At two weeks you are still early post-operatively, and weird pain sensations are fairly normal for the first few weeks to months.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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It is common to have recurrent pain within the first 1-2 months after breast augmentation.  However, it is always best to have your surgeon evaluate you, to rule out other possibilities such as infection.

Michael A. Jazayeri, MD
Santa Ana Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Breast augmentation Pain

What you are experiencing is completely normal.  It is not unusual for women to go through a few different cycles of healing/pain/healing/pain.  Alot of women say the same thing - they are doing fine after the first week, but then start to get some soreness again.  This usually coincides with becoming more active, using your arms more, etc.  It is also not unusal tobe more sore on whatever side you are dominant with your hand.   Nothing to worry about - it should go away on its own in a week or two.

Christopher V. Pelletiere, MD
Barrington Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 75 reviews

Pain After Breast Implants

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to diagnose the source of your discomfort without an in-person examination.

I would recommend that you schedule an examination with your plastic surgeon to ensure that the source of your pain is correctly diagnosed. 

Suzanne M. Quardt, MD
Palm Springs Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Pain Most Severe-- First 24-48 Hours. Pain Tolerance Varies...

It’s not unusual for patients to experience pain following breast augmentation surgery.This pain is usually related to elevation of the muscles during submuscular breast pocket formation.In addition, spasm of these muscles can contribute to postoperative discomfort, as well.
The pain associated with breast augmentation is severe in the first 24 to 48 hours following surgery, but rapidly diminishes with time.We typically use a synthetic Codeine derivative called Hydrocodone, which has a decreased incidence of nausea compared to Codeine.We replace narcotic pain relievers with double strength Tylenol as soon as possible following surgery to avoid the potential for drug problems.We also use muscle relaxants in the immediate postoperative period.
Pain tolerance varies from patient to patient following breast augmentation.The pain that you describe is typical following breast augmentation surgery.If you’re concerned about this pain, it’s appropriate to consult with your plastic surgeon for further evaluation.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

Pain After Breast Implants

Hi there, thanks for posting your question. Pain is still common at this stage, but I suggest following up with your surgeon just to be safe. Best to you. -Dr. Coan

Brian Coan, MD, FACS
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 63 reviews

Pain after breast augmentation

Everybody is different but this sounds well within normal limits.  Please call your surgeon for a check just to be sure though.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Pain after breast implants

First this sounds completely normal. But we do not know you CALL your surgeon to discuss or be seen. That is what I would want my post operative patient to do. CALL!


Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 174 reviews

Pain after Breast Aug

This is not uncommon at all.  Remember, you were relatively inactive after your surgery and now you are doing more using your arms much more, probably back at work.  It is totally normal to feel like this and if you didn't have implants you would think nothing of it.  If it does persist and it is interfering with you activity then call your doctor just to be reassured.  Good luck

Steven Schuster, MD, FACS
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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