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?

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?

(Last Updated On: October 4, 2018)

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?

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, the 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 than my left. My left breast doesn’t hurt at all.

A: Submuscular breast augmentation can have extended periods of soreness

Submuscular breast augmentation necessitates a division of the pectoral muscle along the inner lower portion of each breast. This is often associated with postoperative 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.

Dr. Chen Lee

Dr. Chen Lee is the co-founder of the Montreal plastic and cosmetic surgery clinic AESTHETICA MD. In 1986, he received his medical degree from the University of Toronto and was accepted as a resident of surgical science at McGill University in Montreal. In 1994, Dr. Lee practised at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center as a member of academic staff in the Faculty of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Lee was a Professor of Plastic Surgery specializing in the treatment of complex cosmetic, reconstructive and oncologic deformities of the face, head, and neck. Dr. Lee returned to Montreal in 2002 when he was recruited as the Chairman of Plastic Surgery and Associate Professor at McGill University. In 2005, he turned his attention to his private practice at Aesthetica MD where he uses his training, expertise, and many years of experience to change or improve imperfections of the face, neck, and body.
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