Shooting Pains Inside Breast (Into Nipple Area) over 2 Months After Breast Reduction- Why?

breast reduction. afer 2 months, shooting pains in nipple

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Pain in nipple area 2 months post breast reduction

Shooting pains around the nipple area may be related to inflammation and healing of the associated nerves. Are they mild or more severe? How often do they occur? Occasionally or frequently?

If more than occasional and mild, you should consider following up with your plastic surgeon who can examine you and make sure there is nothing of significance occurring that needs to be addressed.

Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Pain after Breast Reduction?

Thank you for the question.

Unfortunately, diagnosis without examination is not possible.

It would be in your best interests  to be examined by your plastic surgeon to determine if the “shooting pains” you are experiencing is part of the normal healing process or related to a process that can be potentially treated. For example, sometimes a nerve can be trapped in scar tissue (neuroma)  causing significant discomfort.

 Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Nipple sensitivity

Very commonly after breast surgery there is some numbness to the nipple and areola tissue.  At about 6-8 weeks, sensitivity often returns. This may very well be what you are experiencing.  Just to be safe, you should see your surgeon.  Sometimes nipple shooting sensation can be related to infection or compression.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Pain in Nipple 2 Months after Breast Reduction

In some cases, nerves can be irritated after surgery and cause pain for a few months. This tends to get better over time. Be sure to discuss with your surgeon at your next visit.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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