I had breast augmentation a little over a wk ago, the implants were placed submuscular, my left breast seems to be slightly more swollen then my right, and causes me much more discomfort than my right breast, especially when i wake up. I worry this may be a sign of a hematoma or something is wrong.
What Are Signs of a Hematoma After Breast Augmentation?
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Signs of a Hematoma
Signs of hematoma after breast augmentation
It is not uncommon to have one breast hurt more and feel tighter than the other. This is almost routine since our anatomy is not always the same from one side to another. Signs of a hematoma that needs to be fixed includes:
Expanding size of the breast
Progressively worse pain
Usually all of these signs are noted together when a breast hematoma occurs.
All the best,
Signs of Hematoma after Breast Augmentation
With that said, following a breast augmentation with sub-muscular placement, a patient should expect some swelling and discomfort that is often asymmetric in severity. Often this discomfort is more prominent on the patient's more dominant (handed) side than the other, but follow up with your operating surgeon is always recommended. I hope this helps!
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What Are the Signs of a Hematoma After Breast Augmentation?
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Signs of Hematoma After Breast Augmentation
The three signs of hematoma are swelling, pain, bruising. Usually the affected sign gets very swollen and painful, and shows extensive bruising. There may even be some bloody discharge from the incision. Usually if you have a hematoma it is fairly obvious but if you are not sure have your surgeon check it out.
PostOp Hematomas are Characterized by Sudden Swelling, Pain, Bruising with Purple Discoloration & Significant Asymmetry
The type of swelling and discomfort that you are experiencing is probably normal. Patients undergoing breast augmentation can anticipate significant swelling in the immediate post operative period. The swelling can be asymmetric and tends to resolve quickly in the vast majority of patients.
In contrast, post operative hematomas are characterized by sudden swelling, pain, bruising with purple discoloration and significant asymmetry. Hematomas require re operative surgery to control bleeding and evacuate residual blood within the breast pocket. It’s important to recognize and treat hematomas following breast augmentation promptly to avoid secondary complications. Untreated hematomas can result in significant capsular contractures. In light of your concerns, it’s appropriate for you to seek consultation with your plastic surgeon. Although it’s most likely swelling, a careful evaluation is still appropriate.
Post Op Hematoma with Breast Augmentation
Minor differences in swelling and tenderness are not usually a cause for concern. If you have a significant hematoma, the difference will be obvious and dramatic. In either case, if you are concerned you should contact you surgeon who can give you an expert opinion.
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