Sore Breast Implants After 12 Years?

I have had my saline implants for about 12 years..they look and feel great..only problem is the past 4 days they have been sore.. I have no pain just soreness on both breasts. It bothers me when I sleep on my side.. Should I be worried?? Thank you

Doctor Answers 11

Breast implants

Just because you have implants, it does not mean soreness in the breast is related to the implants. You should see a Plastic Surgeon to be evaluated.

Columbia Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 73 reviews

Sore breasts 12 years after augmentation

With a saline implant it seems very doubtful that there is an issue with the implants. Could you be pregnant?

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Soreness likely muscular

After 12 years the only thing that could be related to the implants would be capsular scar tissue. If the implants are soft and the shape of the breasts unchanged, then this would be unlikely. Sometimes after certain exercises the pectoralis muscle can be stretched and cause discomfort in the chest. This soreness should subside, but if it doesn't then I would seek evaluation by a Board Certified plastic surgeon in your area. Best of Luck!

M. Scott Haydon, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 90 reviews

Sore Breast Implants after 12 Years

   So difficult to answer this.  Just because you have breast implants and pain in the chest or breasts does not mean that the implants are the cause.  Having said that, an exam would be necessary to rule out capsular contracture.

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 496 reviews

Soreness with implants

Soreness of the chest with implants can be caused by so many different things. It may be a muscle strain, but could be more. If concerned, you should see a plastic surgeon.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Breast soreness 12 years after implants

The fact that the soreness is bilateral may mean that you could have strained a muscle from exertion but this would just be speculation. You should have a physical examination to determine the cause of the achiness. While you could have capsular contracture, the cause could be hormonal or muscular as well.

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Breast soreness

Soreness in both of your breasts after such a long period of having a great outcome is unlikely related to your implants.  There are lots of reasons for sore breasts, from a pulled muscle to an irritated nerve to a condition in which your breast tissue can be tender.  

A followup with a plastic surgeon can be helpful in belaying your concerns, but I would also discuss this with your OB/GYN or primary care physician.

Adam David Lowenstein, MD, FACS
Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Breast Pain Not likely From Implants

Twelve years out from surgery, your breast soreness is not likely from your implants. There are hormonal changes that can cause breast soreness and pain.  I would recommend discussing this matter with your OB/GYN and have a breast examination by a Plastic Surgeon to cover all your bases. Best wishes.

Robert F. Centeno, MD, FACS
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

Sore Breasts 12 Years after Breast Augmentation?

Thank you for the question, but it  is not be possible for online consultants to provide you with a precise diagnosis or meaningful advice. I would suggest that you seek consultation with your primary care physician,  who will be in the best position to advise you after a  full history and direct examination.

 Breast implant associated problems that may cause “soreness” this far out include breast implant encapsulation (capsular contracture)  and/or breast implant displacement.

 Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,498 reviews

Sore Breast after 12 years?

It is unlikely that you have sore breast from breast surgery 12 years ago, unless you have scar contractures.  I recommend a visit to your primary care physician to start to determine if your pain is caused by something else.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

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