Painful incision 1 week after breast augmentation. Is it normal?
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Painful Incision After Breast Augmentation
Your comment regarding the pain traveling down toward your left upper abdomen suggests that perhaps you may have thrombophlebitis. Patients who develop Mondor’s disease following breast augmentation can have pain in the region of the inframammary incision, and this pain can extend down the lower chest wall. I recently had a patient who noted a rather persistent pain in her left inframammary incision for about a week. After that time period she developed a Mondor’s cord, and the source of her pain was therefore very evident.
Mondor’s superficial thrombophlebitis is an inflammatory process which affects superficial veins of the breast and anterior chest wall. The inflamed vein can present as a visible and palpable cord which is particularly tender. This process is self-limiting and will resolve without specific treatment. However warm compresses, gentle massage, and anti-inflammatory drugs can provide improvement.
Again, I am not certain if this is what you have, but you may want to follow the link below to read more. You should bring your concerns to the attention of your surgeon who may have additional advice. Best wishes on a speedy recovery.
Pain after BA
Keep your surgeon in the loop! Get follow up as soon as you can. Of course it is normal to have incisional pain, sometimes severe. It sounds like this is all within the normal difference patients have from one side to the other, but you want to be sure. All the best,
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Sometimes women will have tenderness at the inframammary incisional scar or slightly below it. This area may feel firm or may even look like a raised “guitar string”. This may be what you are experiencing. Anti-inflammatory analgesic like Advil or Naprosyn and massaging of the area can be helpful. Always follow-up with your plastic surgeon so that he or she can determine that your recovery continues on track.
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However it is always best that you contact and see your plastic surgeon for an examination to make certain that there is nothing wrong.