Weird Nipple Sensation, Shooting Pain and Bubble Feeling After BA 2 Weeks Ago?

I had a breast augmentation 2 weeks ago.. Saline, 600 cc under the muscle, crease incision. When I move a certain way or sometimes when I bend over a get a weird shooting pain in my left nipple and sometimes it feels like there is a bubble in my left nipple when I move a certain way. I have pretty bad nipple sensitivity in both nipples but only my left has this weird shooting pain and bubble feeling. Is this normal? what am I feeling and why do I only feel this in my left side? i do massage

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Nipple Discomfort At 2 Weeks After Breast Augmentation

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Dear Mommygirl,


What you are feeling is usually normal and you are only 2 weeks post-surgery.

I encourage you to have a little more patience and let nature takes its course.

It is advised to keep your surgeon in the loop of your recovery progress as he/she knows best the details of your surgery.


Thank you for your inquiry.

Best of wishes to you.

Dr. Sajjadian

Weird Nipple Sensation

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This is normal.  After breast augmentation there can be a significant amount of stretching on the nerves in your breasts. Depending on the size of your implants and your original breast size the amount of stretch can be quite substantial and can take a while for the nerve to adjust to its new position. This can either occur on one side or both, it just depends on where your nerves are located.  Since you have fairly large implants there is a significant amount of stretching.  This can lead to nerve pain. Gentle massage of your breasts and giving the nerve time to recover (6 months to a year) is the best way to relieve this pain and sensitivity that you have been experiencing. Should your discomfort become worse you should follow up with your plastic surgeon.

Weird Nipple Sensation?

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Dear MG,
Thank you for your post. In general, most women who have a disturbance in nipple sensation, whether it be less (hypo-sensation), or in some cases too much (hyper-sensation), the sensation goes back to normal with 3-6 months. Occasionally, it can take 1 - 2 years to be normal. Extremely rare, the sensation never goes back to normal. This is extremely rare in augmentation alone, more common in lift or reduction. Signs that sensation is coming back are needle type sensation at the nipple, itchiness at the nipple, or 'zingers' to the nipple. The number of women that lose sensation is much lower than 10%, closer to 1% in a simple augmentation. Unfortunately there is no surgical correction for this. Massaging the area can help sensation normalize faster if it is going to normalize, but will not help if the nerve does not recover. In women with hyper-sensitive nipples, this will go away with time. usually 3 months or so in most cases. In the interim, I have them wear nipple covers or 'pasties' to protect them from rubbing. It is unlikely that down-sizing the implant will cause regaining sensation. Down-sizing the implant may cause saggy breasts, however, and may necessitate a breast lift. In your case, most likely this will go away with time as the nerve adjusts.
Best Wishes,
Pablo Prichard, MD

Nipple sensation and pain after augmentation

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Hi, you are only 2 weeks out and it is within normal sometimes to have these weird sensations and pains. please continue to follow up with your plastic surgeon as scheduled so nothing important is missed.

Two weeks after breast augmentation

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The sensations you are having and the bubble feelings feel at 2 weeks after surgery sound pretty normal. They usually get better with time. If concerned contact your doctor.

Shooting Pain and “Bubble Feeling” after Breast Augmentation?

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Thank you for the question. At this stage in your recovery,  is very likely that the sensations you are experiencing fall within “normal” for this time frame. It is not unusual for patients to have more symptoms on one side versus the other. I would suggest continued  close follow-up with your plastic surgeon, sooner than scheduled if you have real significant discomfort/concerns/questions.

Besrt wishes.

Weird Nipple Sensation, Shooting Pain and Bubble Feeling After BA 2 Weeks Ago?

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After two weeks post op Breast Augmentation you are still in the recovery phase.  You may experience nerve sensation, prickling, etc for several months while you are fully recovering.  Make a follow up appointment with your surgeon.

Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

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