3 weeks post-op

Q: I want to know if it's normal to feel extreme soreness 3 weeks post op and when I should expect it to go away?

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Mon, 09/05/2016 - 19:05

It's been three weeks since my breast augmentation procedure. I am worried that there is something wrong with my right implant because the inner part of my right breast feels very sore when I massage it and when I take deep breaths my right boob hurts. Also, right breast is very painful when I squeeze them together. My doctor 2 weeks post op said the right breast hurt more because I use my right hand more often then my left. My left breast doesn't hurt at all.

A: Submuscular breast augmentation can have extended periods of soreness

Submuscular breast augmentation necessitates division of the pectoral muscle along the inner lower portion of the each breast. This is often associated with post operative pain that varies in each patient and often differs even with right versus left breast. Most plastic surgeons manage symptomatic patients with regular examinations. In the absence of other findings symptoms usually subside spontaneously 3-6 weeks after surgery.

Q: Pain 23 days post op. Should I go back to see my PS?

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Tue, 06/21/2016 - 12:38

I'm Still feeling pain in the lower side section of my breast 23 days post up. It's actually keeping me up at night now as it is quite uncomfortable. I'm trying to to do too much but I have a baby and so at times I have to lift her. Should I go back to see my PS?

A: Duration of pain and discomfort variable among patients

The magnitude of the symptoms you describe are more than I would expect at 23 days following surgery.  While this may still be within your normal healing response, it would be best to have your surgeon provide reassurance that all is well by scheduling a visit with him/her.