submuscular

Q: Breast Pain Very Scared!

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Sun, 05/15/2011 - 11:35

I've had saline under the muscle implants for 5 yrs. I got a deep tissue massage 1 week ago on my back. It was very uncomfortable for my boobs. After a while my left boob started to hurt a lot so she stopped. Afterwards when I looked at my left breast there was a small red bump which hurt to press on. My left breast is burning and hurts to press on. my nipple is sensitive. The bottom half of the areola hurts when i press on it where the valve is. did i damage the valve or tissue or chest muscle?

A: Difficult to know if the bump arose from the massage

Based on your provided information, it is difficult to know if the bump arose from the massage or was simply painful because of the massage. It is very possible that an infection in the skin became worse with the massage. If the lesion becomes worse or fails to improve in the next several days, it would be prudent to see your family doctor or surgeon. With your photos provided, I doubt there to be a problem with the implant itself.

Q: Explant of Ruptured Sub-muscular Cohesive Gel Implant: is En Bloc Necessary?

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Sat, 05/14/2011 - 09:27

Hi- I recently discovered, and confirmed through MRI, an intracapsular rupture of my sub-muscular 410 cohesive gel implants. They are about four years old. My surgeon is recommending en bloc removal, however this also seems to be this doctor's standard operating procedure.

Is en bloc necessary with cohesives, and are the potential health risks significant either way? I would be extremely grateful for professional input.

A: Would favor removal

I favor removal with complete capsulectomy if possible. En Bloc sounds very severe but is not really more than a complete capsulectomy since this is still an intracapsular rupture. En bloc is much more substantial procedure for extracapsular rupture into the breast parenchyma.

While it remains an intracapsular rupture, risks of any problems are minimal. The problem is that we do not know when it may progress to an extracapsular disruption. For this reason, I favor removal while it is a relatively simple and easy procedure.