10 Year Old Saline Implants, One Implant Became Achy And Swollen 2 Days Ago, Normal?

Ten years ago, I had saline implants. I'm thin-skinned and went from A to full B. I had no problems since the surgery. Two days ago one of my breasts felt achy, larger than the other one, feeling of swolleness, not hard.This occured after stint of sleeping on chairs in a hospital for a family member. I called the surgeon's office. The nurse suggested I take motrin (1800 milligrams) per day for 7 days to see if swelling went down. My question is: Does this advice sound reasonable?

Doctor Answers 8

Breast Augmentation

Anytime you develop significant swelling that persists, it is not normal.  10 years later the causes can vary from bleeding if you tore your scar capsule to possible infection or even more serious changes.  A trip to your surgeon is recomminded.  I hope this is helpful.

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Looks like you have a late seroma

I have seen late seromas present this way. You didn't mention fever, reddness, or other indications of infection. However, I have seen a seroma get infected once. I suggest you see your surgeon for an exam, maybe an ultrasound and a plan of action. Many times these resolve on their own with rest, immobiization, ice and antibiotics. Sometimes they need surgery. Good Luck! Dr Grant Stevens. 

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 148 reviews

Pain in 10 yr old breast implants

This initial treatment is good.  However, if there is little or no improvement after that week then I would follow up with a plastic surgeon for and examination.  

Steven Svehlak, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

10 Year Old Saline Implants, One Implant Became Achy And Swollen 2 Days Ago, Normal?

I see a real issue on the left breast from your posted photo. There seems to be inferior "redness" and, yes, more size change. Along with pain and scoreness, if the left feels warmer than you have a cellulitis or infection until proven otherwise! Anti inflammatory medications are not what is recommended.  

PLEASE, seek immediate care and antibiotic therapy. Late onset of infection or cellulitis can occur. 

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

You may have infected implant

There been reported cases of late implant infections due to dental work, gum infection and late manifestation of original implant infection. The reddness and swelling and sudden onset makes my be concerned about infection. The use of Morton is more for inflammatory reaction and needle aspiration under ultrasound guidance can reveale the cause. You need to take this seriously and needle aspiration and culture/cell studies is a must.

Kamran Khoobehi, MD
New Orleans Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 126 reviews

New Breast Implant Swelling After 10 Years

Dear marydavis90,

I am sorry to hear about your swelling and aching. Any change in the size, appearance, or feel of breast implants after ten years can be a sign of a new problem. I would consult your plastic surgeon for an evaluation.

Warmest wishes,

Larry Fan, MD

Larry Fan, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Evaluataion needed

Whenever there is a sudden change in implants, esp implants that are 10 years old, an evaluation from your surgeon is warranted. Motrin may be the answer, but new onset swelling can be a harbinger of a problem. An exam is needed.

Brian Klink, MD
Vacaville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

Sudden change in old breast implants

A sudden change in appearance or feeling of breast implants can mean one of several different things.   It is important to be seen by a plastic surgeon because they can actually examine your breast and get a better sense of what is going on.  Sometimes a mammogram or MRI may be requested to help better evaluate what's happening.  After you have a diagnoses, treatment can range from Motrin to surgery to replace the implant.  


Adam Hamawy, MD
Princeton Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.