After BA - Can small open in incision cause pain? I'm having sharp, shooting, needles stabbing pain only in my left boob.
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Pain and breast augmentation
Sharp Pain Post Op
Thank you for your question. It is not uncommon for one side to hurt more than the other and for nerve related "stabbing/shooting" pain to occur around/under incisions for a time. If your Plastic Surgeon has seen you and determined there are no physical problems with your incision or sign of infection then this is likely nerve related and will resolve on its own soon. Continue to follow up regarding pain management and comfort measures.
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Nerve Pain after Breast Augmentation
The pain you are describing is a nerve pain. It can happen in either breast. The reason is that all tissues are placed on stretch when a breast implant is inserted. If your procedure was sub muscular the muscles feel like they have been worked out too much. If over the muscle there is very little muscle discomfort. In both cases however the nerve that supply sensation to the breast and nipple are stretched. The sharp stabbing pain, like the sensation you have when you hit the nerve at the elbow, is how the nerve lets you know it did not like the operation. It will get over it. Taking a NSAID(Advil or Aleve) instead of tylenol would be better because of the anti-inflammatory actions. But I tell my patients that you have to take it around the clock. Sometimes little holes can appear. Have you PS keep a close eye on it.
Pain after BA
Best of luck in your recovery!
James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS, International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics & Science
Pain after breast augmentation
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