What Is and Isn’t Normal After Breast Augmentation

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Breast augmentation is an ever-popular procedure with sky-high patient satisfaction rates. Most breast augmentation patients are absolutely delighted with their results and have zero regrets—even so, during the recovery period, many patients wonder if things will really turn out as they hope.

After having breast augmentation, it can be difficult to know what is a normal part of the healing process and what might indicate a potential problem. To help you out, we’ve outlined a few of the most common things that patients experience after breast augmentation. Just one caveat before you read on: talk to your doctor if you see or feel anything that concerns you—there’s no substitute for an in-person look at any concerns.

My chest feels really tight, and my boobs feel like they might explode

It takes time for muscle, breast tissue, and skin to adjust to your implants; until these tissues have healed sufficiently, you can expect to feel (possibly intense) tightness in the chest area, particularly if your implants are placed beneath the muscle. Normal postoperative swelling, which peaks about 3 to 5 days after surgery, will amplify feelings of chest pressure. Some women also report that their breasts feel engorged (tender, heavy and inflamed).

How long this lasts: Typically, the more intense discomfort from tightness dissipates over the first one to two weeks after surgery; however, you may experience mild feelings of stiffness and tightness in the chest muscles for a month or longer. The bulk of swelling should subside within about three weeks, although you can expect modest swelling to last about 3 months.

By the 3-month mark, your breasts will be pretty close to their final shape and appearance, although scars will continue to fade for several more months.

When to call your plastic surgeon: If swelling seems severe, especially one one side, or if feelings of engorgement are accompanied by fever and breasts are very warm to the touch, contact your doctor immediately; these are signs of bleeding and infection, respectively.

My boobs look like torpedos and my nipples are uneven

There is a reason that experienced surgeons prefer to include only breast augmentation “after” photos taken at least 3 months post-op in their patient galleries—it takes time for the breasts to “drop and fluff” or settle into their final position and for scars to fade. Initially, your new breasts will probably appear unnaturally high on the chest and may have a stark “torpedo” shape. During the first few weeks of recovery, one breast may seem bigger than the other, and one may appear to drop lower than the other. You may even wonder if your plastic surgeon made a mistake—chances are the answer is no, and your breasts just need more time to heal. These are all normal occurrences after breast augmentation.

How long this lasts: Again, your body needs time to adjust to your implants; post-op swelling can also contribute to asymmetry, as swelling might go down earlier in one breast than the other. Typically, the 3-month mark is when your breasts will be pretty close to their final shape and appearance, although scars will continue to fade for several more months.

When to call your plastic surgeon: If, after 3 months, one or both breasts still appear misshapen, you are experiencing significant asymmetry, or one breast seems unnaturally hard to the touch, consult with your plastic surgeon—these symptoms indicate a possible capsular contracture. If you are still dissatisfied with your breast augmentation results 6 to 12 months after your procedure, you may need to look into breast augmentation revision.

I’m feeling depressed about this whole thing

Ask a breast augmentation patient if she’s glad she did it, and you’ll most likely hear, “YES! But there were a few days in the beginning….” With so much emphasis on the physical aspects of breast augmentation, it’s easy to forget that recovery has an emotional side, too. It’s actually common for patients to go through a brief period of mild depression after any surgery, breast augmentation included.

Post-op “blues” pass after a few weeks, usually after you’ve returned to your normal routine and you’re noticing that your breasts look better every day.

Why? There are a number of possible causes, from anesthesia to pain medications to the disruption that surgery and recovery inevitably make in a patient’s routine. Add to this a 1 to 3 month period where your breasts may look and feel awkward before settling into a more natural position, and temporary feelings of doubt are understandable.

How long this lasts: The important thing here is to be patient; post-op blues almost always pass after a few weeks, when you’ve returned to your normal routine, post-op swelling and stiffness has subsided, and you’re noticing that your breasts look better every day.

When to see your plastic surgeon: If you are experiencing feelings of severe depression at any time, see a qualified professional. If you still feel unhappy about your breast augmentation many months after surgery, it’s time to visit your plastic surgeon. You may just need more time to heal, but there is a chance you’ll want to consider a revision procedure.

I’m having shooting pains in my nipples

As nerve endings heal after surgery, it’s totally normal to feel sharp but short-lived pangs in your breasts, particularly in the nipples. Other strange yet normal sensations and pains during the first few weeks may include chest muscle spasms and upper back pain (usually stemming from a change from your normal sleeping position or hunching your shoulders over to protect your sore chest).

How long this lasts: Intermittent chest muscle spasms after breast augmentation may last up to three or four weeks, until the pectoral muscle has fully adjusted to having an implant beneath it. Shooting nipple pains can last up to 6 months or longer, although you will notice these becoming less frequent and less intense as time goes on.

When to see your plastic surgeon: While mild discomfort is to be expected for the first two or three weeks, severe or persistent pain or discomfort that disrupts your ability to sleep or perform normal allowed activities needs attention: call your doctor.

I’m bloated, constipated and tired

Having surgery is a shock to the system, including the digestive system. Anesthesia and medication can cause nausea and vomiting in some patients, and you may lose your appetite for a few days. Pain medication, as well as a reduction in activity level, can lead to constipation. Bloating and fatigue are also normal after-effects.

How long this lasts: Typically, nausea lasts just a few days and constipation a week or so at most. You can alleviate digestive distress by staying hydrated, taking pain meds only as long as you need them to keep discomfort at a tolerable level, and taking medications with a meal. Also, while exercise is restricted, taking frequent, easy walks will aid in digestion and circulation and help lift your mood.

When to call your plastic surgeon: If symptoms are severe or persist longer than a few days, see your surgeon. The solution may be as simple as adjusting your diet, or your surgeon may recommend a medication to alleviate your discomfort. Do NOT take any diuretics or laxatives without your plastic surgeon’s approval.

Stay in touch with your plastic surgeon

Everyone heals differently, and you may experience all or none of these effects during recovery. If you’re concerned about anything, even if you think what you’re experiencing is probably normal, it’s best to check in with your plastic surgeon.

In the rare event that you’re unhappy with your breasts after augmentation, don’t live with a look you don’t love. Breast revision surgery with a skilled plastic surgeon can offer improvements.

A qualified plastic surgeon will have you return periodically throughout your recovery to assess your progress and answer questions that arise. Typically, you’ll visit several times in the first two weeks after surgery, and appointments are spaced further apart after your initial recovery period has passed.

In the rare event that you are unhappy with the way your breasts look after augmentation, don’t live with a look you don’t love. Book a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who is experienced in breast revision surgery. Not all issues require a revision, but many do. A skilled plastic surgeon can make improvements, often using the same incision sites made during your initial procedure.

Questions about what to expect after breast augmentation? Call us!

We’ve specialized in breast augmentation and breast revision surgery since 1992. Whether you’re still deciding whether to have surgery or you’ve had breast augmentation and want to make sure you’re 100% satisfied with your look, we will be happy to help you understand your procedure options at a consultation with our board certified plastic surgeons.

243 Comments Posted to "What Is and Isn’t Normal After Breast Augmentation"

  • June 11, 2017 at 10:29 pm • Posted by Yolanda Butler | Reply

    It looks like my breast is gathered together under the bottom is that normal?

    • June 15, 2017 at 2:51 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      During the early stages of healing, the areas around the incision can look “puckered.” If this doesn’t improve or you have further concerns, we encourage you to contact your surgeon for a follow-up appointment to make sure everything is good.

  • December 20, 2017 at 2:13 am • Posted by Stephanie | Reply

    Wish I would have read this a month ago. Very informative. Seems to cover just about everything I’m experiencing.

    • February 1, 2018 at 10:35 pm • Posted by Kary martinez |

      Thanks for the info. Every day I have questions about the shape the feeling the look of my implants I just hit 6 weeks recovering and am still finding more questions about the whole process, but thanks again for the info cause it’s everything that I am experiencing. Kary

    • February 4, 2017 at 2:20 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Healing after breast augmentation can have its up and downs. We’re so glad we were able to help you understand a bit more about what’s going on with your body.

    • July 24, 2018 at 2:19 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      So glad we were able to help! We hope you’re loving your new curves 🙂

  • February 6, 2018 at 10:09 pm • Posted by sharon | Reply

    Wow!! This was really informative… I just had my breast augmentation a week and a half ago and I have done every thing the papers they gave me said to do, but I still had some questions and this literally just answered them all! Thanks!

    • February 8, 2018 at 2:21 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      No problem! We’re happy we were able to clear up your questions!

  • March 3, 2018 at 2:11 pm • Posted by Alison Muckel | Reply

    I had my augmentation 2 1/2 weeks ago and gave very large and painful swollen lymph nodes in my right armpit and down my side. I’ve been taking ibuprofen and Tylenol nonstop to help and doing warm wet compress but it’s not helping. I called my doctor to see if I need an antibiotic but they said no. How long can I have these and so you suggest anything else. This is also the side that is not coming down very well like the other side.

  • March 19, 2018 at 12:30 am • Posted by Diana Meyer | Reply

    I’ve had to have a double mastectomy 2 years ago and then had to have it fix the very next year.
    Now it has been a year sense the second surgery and I still have lots of pain and what I can only call a torn muscle under my left arm.
    I would really like to know if this is normal.
    If it is not then I don’t know who to turn to for help I have talk to my surgeon and get nothing in return!
    Can you suggest where to start?

  • March 23, 2018 at 12:51 pm • Posted by MARIA LOPEZ | Reply


    • March 29, 2018 at 2:22 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Maria! Our cosmetic consultations are always free. Please feel free to fill out our contact form or give our practice a call at 610.320.0200. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • March 25, 2018 at 6:12 pm • Posted by Lisa | Reply

    I also had a breast augmentation a week and a half ago and wish I read this early!

    One question I have though. After surgery my areolas became swollen and ‘puffy’. I’m just wondering how long this will last before they go back to normal, if they will?

    • March 29, 2018 at 2:23 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Lisa! Swelling is a normal part of recovery. If you haven’t noticed the swelling going down, we recommend getting in touch with your surgeon to make sure all is well.

  • March 31, 2018 at 1:13 pm • Posted by Johnnatrujillo@gmail.com | Reply

    I just had my breast lift with implants 10 days ago and I was having a lot of painful symptoms and because of this page you’ve answered all my questions now I’m not so worried and just need to have some more patience and more rest thank you very much!

    • April 5, 2018 at 2:24 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Happy to help! Patience is a difficult but necessary part of healing—we get it!

  • April 4, 2018 at 4:59 pm • Posted by Stella | Reply

    Hello, i would like to ask, regarding the tornado- look of the chests that they are too high on the chest in the beginning, I’ve found out that many surgeons give to the patient for the first month to wear a ´belt’ high in the chest in order to puss down the implants. I asked my surgeon who didn’t agree with this.
    Do I have to worry?what is your opinion?

    Thank you

  • April 7, 2018 at 5:27 am • Posted by Monique Monique | Reply

    Thank you so much for This,I’m Mentally at ease.

  • April 19, 2018 at 2:55 am • Posted by Ashelly | Reply

    I am 2 days post breast lifting and augmentaion and I feel strange feeling in the lift breast like motor or electrical current is going in for few seconds then disappear without pain and it happen very frequent looks like there is some thing inside with electrical current

    Is that normal and have any one experince such feeling

  • April 27, 2018 at 4:48 am • Posted by Michela | Reply

    What about resuming sport? Can I start doing lower body exercise like stationary bike after one month of the surgery?

  • April 28, 2018 at 11:15 am • Posted by Kay Brookins | Reply

    Can’t believe my surgeon wasso vagye in what you have shared. My breasts are unchanged from the day after surgery. One is very firm, and the other looks like there is no implant there at all. As a cancer survivor, I dont want to keep being cut on. I hope he can and is willing to fix this. Its very obvious and has really damaged my body image.

  • May 6, 2018 at 4:46 pm • Posted by Jane | Reply

    I am afraid I took implants which are a little too big…
    One week post operation and they look massive …I had a small b and took 300cc I just wanted a full b according to my ps this suited my body. Will they shrink by any chance….these shark tornados?

  • May 8, 2018 at 4:05 pm • Posted by Silvana | Reply

    I just had my breast augmentation done yesterday, it’s been a rough tow day so far with all the pain and pressure. I personally find it a bit difficult to move around, or to sleeping in a recliner chair as advised, just so uncomfortable. I have spoke to a few of my friends who previously did the surgery, and the mentioned the same. They did however said by the third day it should start to get better. It’s day two, I am keeping up with my pain meds, antibiotics, and a muscle relaxer that has been helping quite a bit. All I can say is do not get discouraged, do some research on what to expect. I am very optimistic about the healing process. Hope this helps a bit.

  • May 20, 2018 at 7:39 pm • Posted by Whit | Reply

    So I had my surgery this past Tuesday, May 15th, I had tubes placed in my to drain the blood. Went to my follow up and they did not remove them yet. Today is Sunday, woke up from a nap and have blood coming out from the tube site. I have an appointment tomorrow, so will see what the doctor says tomorrow. I’m just wondering why a lot of females didn’t have this drain tubes in them. What’s going on. Why isn’t my doctor telling me what’s going on.
    Now, my boobs feel really numb, so I’m like depressed. Like what did I just do to myself.
    Please help me.

  • May 24, 2018 at 6:57 pm • Posted by Bianca Flores | Reply

    I am Post OP 21 days, and YES!! each day is a Blessing and Recovering for me.. I experience a little of everything, but still each day its better.. 🙂 so hang in there and it will get much BETTER..

  • May 26, 2018 at 7:02 am • Posted by Chrystal | Reply

    I had my breast augmentation 3 days ago. I was really sick after Anesthesia.bad nausea and vomiting and hot extremely constipated as I wasn’t able to take in fluids or eat much. I’ve been sleeping on my back and find it easy as the pain meds knock me out. Day 3 seems better, I can definitely move more and the pain on my chest when moving is so much better! I wished I’d read this before surgery. But glad it could confirm a few things for me. Just can’t wait for the end product. Still a way to go!

  • June 6, 2018 at 6:32 am • Posted by Camille Samuel | Reply

    Hello one of my breast is infected and swollen I have called my page several times they gave me antibiotics but it’s not getting any better Wat should I do

  • June 6, 2018 at 7:13 am • Posted by Elsita Rhule | Reply

    I had breast augmentation just over week now, healing process was slow at first not being able to lift my arms, house work was piling up, ha ha as a busy woman im not good at “resting” but you have too, glad i read these comments, put my mind at ease now

  • June 8, 2018 at 5:41 pm • Posted by Cynthia | Reply

    It’s been exactly two weeks since my surgery and my right breast is still a lot more swollen then my left one. The left one seems to be falling in place and I don’t see much different on the right . Is this normal?

  • June 10, 2018 at 8:35 pm • Posted by Tania | Reply

    I had breast augmentation 6 days ago, besides the normal discomfort I am feeling, I am also getting shooting pain under my right breast where I have have the incision, the pain only occurs when I move not when I am laying still, is this nornal.

  • June 14, 2018 at 9:56 am • Posted by Tana | Reply

    I am on day 7 of post op and have been having searing burning pain under my right breast. It doesn’t seem to be the incision as my surgeon has looked at it and it’s not infected but I did have to have my fold lowered to accommodate my implants. There is tightness on both sides underneath my breasts with a pulling sensation. That I can deal with it’s the burning searing pain on the right that makes arm movements on that side unbearable. My surgeon says it’s nerve pain that will just take time to heal. I am only taking ibuprofen 600 Mg every 4-6 hours but it really doesn’t do much for the pain. I’ve tried oxycodone with acetaminophen as well but that just makes me feel drugged without relief. What else can I do to help alleviate the pain? I can’t go back to work like this and I am a licensed esthetician who works with my arms on clients all day.

  • June 27, 2018 at 11:23 pm • Posted by Emily | Reply

    Thanks for writing this..
    I am at one week post op and just had my dressings changed today and first photos taken. I was concerned as one breast is sitting higher and appears bigger than the other but this article has eased my worries.
    Thank you

    • June 29, 2018 at 2:25 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Glad we were able to help put your mind at ease!

  • June 29, 2018 at 4:50 pm • Posted by Janice N | Reply

    I am getting close to my 4 week recovery of having breast augmentation done and have experienced that one boob is hard is a normal symptom of recovery?

  • July 4, 2018 at 11:57 pm • Posted by Manda | Reply

    I’m 8 days post OP. Is it normal to have almost a burning sensation when I run my finger across the top of my breast, it’s only on the right. Is this just the nerves healing?

  • July 5, 2018 at 5:39 am • Posted by Lori Ann Headley | Reply

    I just had my saline filled implants replaced with silicone implants due to one of the saline implants rupturing and deflating. Right after removel/replacement surgery I bled out into the capsule around the implant on the side that had previously ruptured. Had to go back into surgery for a second time in the same week to have hematoma removed. That was a little over a week ago and I’ve exspierianced a lot of pain, swelling, bruising and firmness on that side while the other side never swelled, no soreness or bruising and very soft to the toutch. This information was very helpful, especialy since it mentioned that it’s normal for one breast to be mishapen during the healing process. Also I have had sharp shooting pains in my breasts and nipples and relieved to read that that is normal. I’m looking forward to healing and confinite that I will be happy with my final result. My surgeon tells me that due to the original rupture, removel and replacement and then the hematoma removel, it could take up to 6 to 12 months for that breast to shape up, soften and completely heal due to so much trauma to that breast 🙁 I’m trying to be patient. Is anyone exsperiancing anything similar to my situation?

  • July 12, 2018 at 3:43 am • Posted by alma | Reply

    Im 6 days post-op and for some reason i sometimes feel numbness on my left arm and breast is this normal

  • July 12, 2018 at 10:55 am • Posted by wesam | Reply

    i had breast augmentation 8 months ago the shape is good and the touch is soft but during the recent 2 weeks i feel pain in my breasts specially both outer sides of them

  • July 14, 2018 at 9:01 am • Posted by Monica Moore | Reply

    I am almost at the second week and everyday has gotten better but I am still experiencing something new here and there. I have one breast that is slightly bigger than the other which I have ready is normal considering one may settle before the other. My surgeon stated during my one week checkup that I was healing wonderfully and removed my stitches. However, this week I am experiences a few shooting scarp pains in that same left breast. I am having no fevers, I sleep well, it doesn’t hurt to move, no bruising so I am staying optimistic that everything is going to be just fine. I await my 1 month appointment and see what everything looks like.

    • July 24, 2018 at 2:26 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Make sure to relay all of your concerns to your surgeon. The healing process can be challenging, and everyone experiences it differently. The first month in particular can be a rollercoaster. Good luck with your follow-up!

  • July 15, 2018 at 7:10 pm • Posted by kathy weigel | Reply

    Implant side is hot and red. Other side, which was reduced is not hot or red. I am concerned about possible infection.
    My doc will not return my phone calls

  • July 17, 2018 at 10:11 pm • Posted by Katie M | Reply

    Did any of you have a warm burning sensations while healing? I’m 2 weeks post op and My breasts are warm to the touch and feel like they’re burning inside, but no fever or suspicious discharge. This just started a couple of days ago. Just wondering if anyone else felt this way?!

  • July 22, 2018 at 4:38 am • Posted by Sefena | Reply

    2nd day post op and Im swollen on my sides so bad. I may have overdone it with the amount of walking ive done but this article definitely helped clear the blues. Thanks so much back to happiness

  • August 2, 2018 at 6:03 pm • Posted by Nicole | Reply

    I am 1 week post augmentation and lift.
    The puckering from the lollipop incision looks like a horror movie around my nipple.
    Is this normal? Will the puckering if the skin even out?

    • September 21, 2018 at 11:51 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Yes! No worries 😊😊

  • August 12, 2018 at 10:54 am • Posted by Nicole | Reply

    I had a breast augmentation 6 months ago. I was a 34B and had 360cc natrelle inspire implants under he muscle. I feel like it’s been nothing but a headache. I still experience pain mainly in my right breast which is much lower and I can feel rippling along the bottom (I thought with gel that wouldn’t happen) and my left breast is much higher. Neither are hard so I don’t honk capsular contraction? I feel like my surgeon always tells me it’s fine and it will go away but it still hasn’t and I can’t afford to get another surgery on it. Any thoughts.

    • September 21, 2018 at 11:50 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      You need a second opinion. What you describe is not normal. Please feel free to reach out to my patient coordinator

  • August 29, 2018 at 2:17 am • Posted by Sophia | Reply

    I had my surgery yesterday. If I would have known it would be this difficult I wouldn’t have had it. I can’t take pain pills because they make me so sick. It’s good to read that others have felt the same thing. I don’t feel so lonely and scared. I feel like I have two watermelons that are made of cement. Oh the pain!

    • September 21, 2018 at 11:46 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      It gets better! I use Exparel in my patients to minimize the pain. Many don’t need opioids at all.

  • August 29, 2018 at 7:06 pm • Posted by Maria F Bothfeld | Reply

    Two months after my beast implants today I started feeling stitching and burning, is this nornal??? This is new for me, should I worry?

    Thank you, Maria

    • September 21, 2018 at 11:44 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Nope. Totally normal 😊

  • August 30, 2018 at 12:43 pm • Posted by Michelle | Reply

    I had a breast augmentation done in May. It has been three and a half months. I followed up with my plastic surgeon at the 3-month mark, and he said everything looks good. But I am still having a burning/pain sensation on the lateral side of my left breast. Is there a test that can be done to make sure that it is healing correctly? From a visual standpoint they look normal. But it is painful to sleep on my left side, and it aches even without movement.

    • September 21, 2018 at 11:44 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Some patients can have mild and intermittent discomfort for 6-12 months

  • September 9, 2018 at 12:15 pm • Posted by Nikki | Reply

    Hi, I had my breast augmentation surgery 10 months ago. A week ago I started getting sharp shooting pains in my breasts. They have been getting worse and I am starting to get worried. Is this normal ?

    • September 21, 2018 at 11:43 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      It may be normal but I would recommend you be seen by your surgeon to rule out capsular contracture

  • September 26, 2018 at 6:03 pm • Posted by Taylor Fox | Reply

    Hello, I had my breast augmentation surgery a week ago today. I threw up as soon as they woke me up from surgery, and all of that day. Then I ended up getting a hematoma and had to go back the very next morning and go back under for them to fix it. I have been so sick this entire week, constantly throwing up, even when there is nothing left to throw up. I have chills and then my body feels so hot. I don’t have a fever, but I’ve bever felt so miserable. My pain level is low, and I stopped taking all medications 3 days ago to try and stop the vomit. I am honestly so scared and don’t know what to do. My doctor said he’s never experienced this before and doesn’t have a lot of direction on what I should do. Does anyone have any advice for me?

    • September 27, 2018 at 8:19 am • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Hi Taylor, thank you for reaching out. Post-operative nausea and vomiting (PONV) is a relatively common side effect of anesthesia. While many experience it within the first day of surgery, it can occur for a few days after your procedure. This may be the case, particularly since you had to have an immediate corrective surgery with anesthesia following your original procedure. Have you ever reacted to anesthesia in the past? That being said, I cannot diagnose anything over the internet and do recommend you reach out to your primary care physician. Sustained vomiting is worrisome, as it can lead to dehydration, irritation in the throat and esophagus, etc., not to mention the strain the movement may be putting on your healing incisions. I wish you the best of luck and, again, encourage you to make an appointment with your doctor to rule out anything more serious.

  • September 30, 2018 at 2:40 pm • Posted by Nelly | Reply

    Hello. I had my breast augmentation and a lift on one of the breasts 5 days ago. I dont feel any pain just muscle pressure and its getting better every day. One of my breasts is larger then the other. My doctir said that its normal and it will take few weeks for the swealling go away Nd then both of the breasts will be same size.. is that realky normal? Also under my left breast that was a lift and enlargement there are some blue marks that are turning yellow now. Is that normal? No pain at all. Thank you

    • October 1, 2018 at 9:05 am • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Nelly! Noticing some asymmetry this soon after surgery is totally normal. Not only are you likely seeing some residual swelling, depending on how your implants were placed, they may “drop and fluff” at different rates, leading to a temporarily uneven appearance. Give it a few weeks and if you’re still noticing a big difference in size, reach back out to your surgeon. As for the blue/yellow marks, some bruising is normal, particularly with the breast lift procedure. The yellow should begin to fade soon.

  • October 10, 2018 at 7:37 am • Posted by Leslie | Reply

    This is awesome! I’m having the same issue as Ashelly. ((April 19 post) with the electric current pain in 1 breast that comes and goes. I’m 4 weeks post op from implant removal. Is that normal? What is it?

    • October 12, 2018 at 11:53 am • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Hi Leslie,

      While I cannot diagnose your specific issue without seeing you in person, the come-and-go “electric current” sensation that you describe is quite common as nerve endings heal after many types of breast surgery, including implant removal. This can begin early after surgery (as in Ashelley’s case above) and continue for several months; everyone is different. If you find this bothersome, get in touch with your plastic surgeon. And of course, keep up with your scheduled follow-up visits; these are important to ensure the healing process is going well and a great chance to ask questions. Best of luck!

  • October 14, 2018 at 8:59 am • Posted by Brooke | Reply

    Hi! I had my breast augmentation 3 weeks ago and my breasts still feel engorged and ache so bad. Is this normal?

    • October 30, 2018 at 4:28 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Hi Brooke,

      At three weeks post-op it is not unusual to have significant swelling. This can cause aches and soreness too, but if you’re in a lot of discomfort, get in touch with your plastic surgeon. They will want to know if pain is getting worse, and checking in may help ease your worries. Good luck!

  • October 21, 2018 at 5:18 pm • Posted by Heather C. | Reply

    I’m still having daily pain and swelling from a breast reduction performed in May. Is this abnormal?

    • October 30, 2018 at 4:34 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Some mild, intermittent pain and swelling 6 months after breast reduction surgery isn’t unheard of and isn’t necessarily a problem, but I encourage you to contact your doctor to rule out any issues, especially if your symptoms are getting worse.

  • November 2, 2018 at 7:18 pm • Posted by Tonya | Reply

    Thanks so much for the actual post, questions, and comments. I had my BA and lollipop lift on Oct 23rd (which is only a little over a week) and I was very worried about things not looking the same, feeling right, or what’s going on. But thanks to this post you guys answered all of my questions and more. God bless all of the women that had surgery and are recovering.

    • November 28, 2018 at 6:07 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Hi Tonya,

      I am so glad to hear you found this post helpful! Best wishes as you continue your recovery, and enjoy your new look!

  • November 5, 2018 at 12:01 pm • Posted by Anabel Rivera | Reply

    i am having sharp pains on the upper part of my breast .It is hard to sleep at times on my sides. my surgery was on June 29,18 . i do not live in that state anymore so it is hard to fly back and forth to see my Dr i would like to know if this is normal and if not am i able to see a Dr in the emergency room or in my area

    • November 28, 2018 at 6:16 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Hello Anabel,

      Some brief, intermittent pains may continue for several months as nerves heal. However, if you were my patient I would be concerned about pain that interferes with sleep. If you cannot make the trip to see your original surgeon, do see a board certified plastic surgeon or primary care doctor near you to rule out any problems.

  • November 11, 2018 at 3:54 am • Posted by Cheryl welsh | Reply

    I had an uplift with implants 3 weeks ago. I had an infection in my right breast 8 days after surgery. I got given antibiotics for 1 week.

    10 days later I am still getting sharp pains in my right breast, and really hurts when trying to get myself out of bed. My wounds are a little red and still bleeding at times with a yellow look where my scars join..
    My right breast hurts when I lift my arm in the air.
    I’m just worried this is not normal. Should I still have blood and yellow puss?

    • November 29, 2018 at 9:22 am • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Cheryl! I’m so sorry to hear about your ongoing difficulties. Without examining you, I’m unable to diagnose your issues. Certain pains are normal and some discharge is expected as your incisions heal, but I’m concerned with your description of your incisions. I strongly recommend reaching out to your surgeon or general practitioner again so they can rule out any complications or further infection. Good luck with everything!

  • November 18, 2018 at 12:54 pm • Posted by Diane | Reply

    Hi i had a breast uplift and implant 2 and 1/2 weeks ago and for the past week am having unberable nipple sensitivity ro the point were i cant bare antything being near them its really getring me down is there anything other than massage and anti inflammatory medication that will help.

    • November 29, 2018 at 9:18 am • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Diane! Heightened nipple sensitivity is totally normal after breast augmentation, though we know how uncomfortable and frustrating it can be. Depending on where your incisions are placed, you may find that that using pasties or a piece of gauze to keep your nipples from rubbing against your clothing may help alleviate some of the discomfort. I advise against the use of bandaids, which are often recommended online, because the adhesive can be harsh for some on the sensitive breast skin. You can affix gauze with paper medical tape.

  • November 28, 2018 at 9:33 pm • Posted by Anabel | Reply

    This post has THE most helpful information.

    I had a bit of a six-pack pre-surgery one week ago. Now I am so bloated that I look pregnant. I didn’t overeat. It’s all water weight it seems. I feel two sizes bigger. Anyone else experiencing this and what did you do to alleviate the bloating?

    • November 29, 2018 at 9:14 am • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      We’re so glad you found the post helpful! Bloating isn’t uncommon, particularly if you are still on pain medication and experiencing any changes in your bowel movements. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and eating healthy, fibrous foods. If it persists or you have any further discomfort, give your surgeon or general practitioner a call to see if there is anything they recommend or to rule out any other issues. Best of luck!

  • December 6, 2018 at 2:16 am • Posted by Mary Marriott | Reply

    Hi I had breast implants 2 weeks ago. One breast feels soft (this has always been the bigger boob) and in fact feels like no implant is in there. My left breast has a bigger implant in then last time. It still feels hard and a diff shape to the other one.very tender nipple at times. Hoping this is all normal! Also what sort of bra is best! So confusing, I’m in a sports bra, but do I wear a push up one or normal sports bra that fit well so they don’t move. Sorry long post!!

    • December 27, 2018 at 2:52 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Mary! It’s hard to say if it’s normal without seeing you, but I wouldn’t be overly concerned if the larger breast implant takes a bit more time to fully settle than the smaller implant. If you are having any excessive pain or the breasts look odd, please do schedule a follow-up with your surgeon! As for bras, stick with your surgical bra or a soft sports bra until you get the go-ahead from your surgeon to wear normal bras. It’s important that you don’t put too much pressure on your healing incisions. Good luck!

  • December 10, 2018 at 11:10 am • Posted by Fiona | Reply

    I’m 7 months post op, and i still have ocassional shooting pain everyday, where my incisions were, and inside my breast. Is that normal? Also one breast (the naturally larger one) has seemed to drop and skin stretched alot more than the other. Is that also normal? Or, is it possible theres a leak?

    • December 27, 2018 at 2:55 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Fiona! The shooting pain you’re experiencing may still be your nerves healing, but I would keep an eye on it and alert your surgeon if it doesn’t improve, lasts for a long time, or happens frequently. As for your breast implants dropping at a different rate, this could be normal, but I would keep an eye on it. It likely isn’t a leak, but there is the possibility of another complication. It may be time to schedule a follow-up with your surgeon to make sure everything is okay.

  • December 11, 2018 at 7:28 am • Posted by Kennedy | Reply

    I’m about 7 days post op and one breast keeps turning slightly red on the upper half of the breast .. above the nipple not near the incision .. is there reason for this ? Should I be concerned

    • December 27, 2018 at 2:57 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Kennedy! Do you have any tenderness or swelling in the area? The redness could be the result of your bandages, surgical bra, etc., but please be sure to keep an eye on it in case an infection or other complication is developing. If this doesn’t clear up or you experience other symptoms, please call your surgeon or book an appointment with your physician. Good luck!

  • December 19, 2018 at 3:52 pm • Posted by Pamela | Reply

    6 days post op from a lift w implants…reading everyones post has helped tremendously! I am currently experiencing swelling in the breast but I am wearing my jeans so not so much other than the breasts…today I was able to get out of the house and drive to Walgreens and Chic fil a 😁 my appetite is good and after experiencing a roller coaster of feelings today is so much better seen as I was able to leave the house…I know I still have alot of healing and pray ot goes well and am thankful for such a great husband…I WISH EVERYONE WELL!

    • December 27, 2018 at 2:50 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Good luck, Pamela! Thank you for sharing your experience.

  • December 21, 2018 at 6:04 pm • Posted by Becky | Reply

    Just wanted to say thank you for your post. I’m three days post op and cried a lot when I took off the bandages and kept crying today…I look ridiculous with two big tight circles stuck on my chest. I went subglandular and not very large becasue I’m an athlete, so the pain has been minimal, but I’m just really upset about how high and tight they are. I’ve had such regret. All the sites say be patient, wait three months, but I’m so frightened they’ll look ‘bolted on’ forever. Somehow hearing about others’ buyers remorse makes me feel better. But I’m still scared! I wish more doctors would post galleries of immediate post-op AND three month photos so we can all feel better….!

    • December 27, 2018 at 2:50 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Becky, I’m so glad this post and the responses were helpful. The “boobie blues” is totally normal after breast augmentation—and while it’s hard to be patient, your breasts will slowly settle into a more natural position. Particularly this soon after surgery, it is absolutely normal for your breasts to be high and tight. Your body needs some time to heal and accommodate the breast implants. Hang in there! Chances are that in just a few short months, you’ll be loving your new breasts!

  • December 23, 2018 at 10:15 am • Posted by G wilkerson | Reply

    Yolanda. I also have a pleat or small fold just under my breast after lift and I am 3 weeks post op. Did yours go away? I also have a feeling of fire from my nipple in same breast not blood red but hot sensation.

  • December 25, 2018 at 12:28 am • Posted by TAYLOR Grzesek | Reply

    It’s 3 weeks since I had my 430cc put in under the muscle. While I expect some pain post surgery I didn’t think it was going to be anything like this. I am following the doctors orders and wearing a tighter fit sports bra that zips up in the front but the pain from the band on my incisions is unbearable. I can’t sit or sleep comfortably because of the pain. I’ve tried using gaze as a away to cushion the band from the incisions but it does nothing. Now I’m having serious pain on the left side of my breast. I took the pain meds prescribed the first few days. I’ve tried taking Tylenol but it doesn’t absolutely nothing. I do my messages to help them settle and make sure the pocket stats open but it’s painful to do. I’ve already slightly opened up one spot on my right breast incision which has white fluid kinds coming out if it. Is any of this normal?! I was not expecting this much pain!

    • December 27, 2018 at 2:47 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Taylor! If you’re still in a considerable amount of pain, I highly recommend scheduling a follow-up with your surgeon or setting an appointment with your primary physician. While everyone heals differently and has a unique tolerance for pain, the discomfort is usually manageable with OTC pain relievers by this point. I also recommend you avoid wearing any garments that put any pressure on your healing incisions. While you want your breasts to be supported, a tight sports bra is not a great option as it can irritate your incisions, slow your healing process, or even create complications. Good luck!

  • December 31, 2018 at 3:38 am • Posted by Jovascea Roberts | Reply

    I am 3 weeks post-op and when I reach to the left of right I can feel the implant rub against the crease of my chest and wanted to know if this is normal since it happens in both breast. I don’t want to ignore the issue is it a possibility of both implants shifting to one side which is my biggest fear. I have no other complications

    • February 14, 2019 at 11:46 am • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Jovascea! Thank you for reaching out. It can take some time to get used to the new sensations of having an implant of any kind. You are likely feeling the breast implant shift within the breast pocket as swelling goes down and the implant is less constrained. That being said, please do keep an eye on it and be sure to let your surgeon know your concers; a quick exam can help put your mind at ease and is a great way to catch any complications before they worsen. Best of luck!

  • January 11, 2019 at 11:08 am • Posted by Ashley | Reply

    I’m 1 month post op and I went under muscle and my incision is underboob. My right incision has been uncomfortable since day one but since I’ve gotten my stiches out it hasn’t been as bad. Until yesterday morning when my 45 pound dog stepped on my boob right near my incision. Now if I even touch that boob or do my massages it is EXTREMELY painful and idk if it’s cause it’s getting ready to get in the pocket or if I need to go to my dr. I have a follow up next week but idk if I should wait

    • February 14, 2019 at 11:57 am • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Ashley! It’s normal to have some lingering pain around the incision sites, particularly this soon after surgery—but only you can determine if something feels abnormal. If you have any worries about that incision at all or are concerned that your pup caused some accidental trauma, I encourage you to schedule a follow-up exam with your surgeon.

  • January 15, 2019 at 11:30 am • Posted by Jessie Wood | Reply

    I had a breast augmentation and lift 4 months ago and I am having sharp pains in my incisions and throughout my breast randomly. Is that normal for that long after the surgery?

    • February 14, 2019 at 12:00 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Jessie! Twinges of sharp or shooting pain can continue for up to six months after surgery as your nerve ending heal. If this pain is happening frequently, disrupting sleep, or accompanied by other symptoms, I would give your surgeon a call. In fact, if you have any worries at all, it won’t hurt to request a follow-up appointment or speak with someone at the practice about your concerns.

  • January 18, 2019 at 1:01 pm • Posted by Louise | Reply

    Hi -this post has been so helpful. I’m 2 days post op for my breast implants under the muscle. I am still in pain but I know it’s early days. But I am a bit concerned as the swelling on my right side is worse than my left. My right side of the breast and all the way round to my armpit is really swollen. Is this normal??

    • February 14, 2019 at 12:08 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Louise! Swelling typically does not occur symmetrically and can be dependent on so many factors. When implants are placed under the muscle, it’s normal to experience some swelling up to the armpit, as the pectoral muscle underwent some trauma during surgery. Keep an eye on it, follow your surgeon’s aftercare instructions, and don’t hesitate to call your nurse or surgeon about your concerns. It’s always better to be safe and proactive!

  • January 23, 2019 at 2:46 pm • Posted by Erika | Reply

    Hello: I got implants I August 2016 I am still sore sometimes and my aunt incision line I received a 350 mL implants. Just this week January 2018 all of a sudden my nipple area just seems so sore for some reason I tried going without a bra see with th just this week January 2018 all of a sudden my nipple area just seems so sore for some reason I tried going without a bra Times to see will that help! I also use a vitamin E on every day as many as five of them a day ! Any suggestions ?

    • February 14, 2019 at 12:11 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Erika! I can’t provide direct medical advice online without an examination, so I do encourage you to contact your physician or surgeon about your concerns. It could be that nipple sensitivity is unrelated to your breast implants (hormones, menstruation, etc. can all cause nipple sensitivity). And while an occasional twinge or pain or soreness at the incision isn’t unheard of, your surgeon can take a look to make sure everything is doing okay.

  • January 25, 2019 at 1:36 am • Posted by Jaesa | Reply

    Hello, I had my breast done 6 months ago but lately my silicone become noticeable. Pain is with the range of 6-7. Redness on the lower part of my right breast noted for 10 days now. Taking analgesic can relieve the pain. Is it normal?

    • February 14, 2019 at 12:12 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Jaesa! I would contact your surgeon for a follow-up. While some pain can still linger this far into your recovery, I don’t like the sound of the redness or high pain levels. Good luck!

  • January 29, 2019 at 8:21 pm • Posted by P Anderton | Reply

    Just over 7 weeks post surgery and had to return to my business as a fitness instructor. I checked with my surgeon first. I teach fitness classes and rebound classes. I have taught 2 classes so far and now my chest wall feels very sore and i am experiencing some discomfort all around my left breast. Particularly underneath around the incision site, also to the medial side of the breast. I am also getting sharp like needle pains in my nipples which had subsided before going back to work..The left breast seems to be the one that is taking longer to heal. There is no redness or swelling. The left breast has seemed to have dropped slightly but not significantly. I am wondering if what i am experiencing is muscle tenderness from reusing my pecs again and the needle pains are because of the increase in blood pressure during exercise. I am just a little concerned i may have done some damage. My surgeon was super impressed with the way i had rested after my op for a very active person and at just over 5 weeks he checked everything was ok and said at 6 weeks to start exercise again. I am now a little concerned as i am now awake at 1.20am in the morning feeling rather sore.

    • February 14, 2019 at 12:15 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi there! While following your surgeon’s advice is key, it’s also important to listen to your body—which may be telling you that you’re not quite ready yet. The soreness can absolutely be from working muscles that have been ignored during your recovery, but it’s so crucial to take it slow and make sure you aren’t pushing yourself. To ease your concerns, don’t hesitate to be in touch with your surgeon—even if everything is fine, peace of mind can be invaluable. I would limit your classes or make accommodations to your fitness routine to ease yourself back in. Good luck!

  • January 30, 2019 at 7:12 pm • Posted by AJ | Reply

    I am 13 days post op and my right nipple (larger implant) is protruding out but the left nipple (smaller implant) is fine. I sent surgeon a picture said this is normal. Anyone else have this happen?

  • February 14, 2019 at 2:21 am • Posted by Tami | Reply

    I just had a reaugmentation done less than a week ago (silicone). This is my second reaugmentation as I’ve had two separate saline ruptures over the course of the past 18 years. The first reaugmentation was done by my original surgeon who has since retired so this time around it was a different surgeon. This new surgeon is insisting that I begin wearing underwire bras now and that I also wear them to bed. He also insists that one of his medical team members inspect the bras his patients purchase to ensure a correct fit prior to actually wearing them. I get that a properly fitting and supportive bra is key but the two bras that were approved are extremely tight and constricting to where it’s uncomfortable to breathe. There is NO way I could wear either one of them all night long and what I’m reading online is that wearing a bra to bed could actually cause more harm than good. What is your opinion on bras?

    • February 14, 2019 at 12:17 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Tami! I would not recommend wearing an underwire bra this soon after your surgery. In fact, I typically have my patients wait around 4 – 6 weeks before wearing traditional bras. That’s because your incisions need time to heal and your breasts can go through many changes during the first few weeks. Ultimately, your comfort is what matters, and wearing an underwire bra to bed is not going to have a large impact on your breasts one way or another.

  • February 18, 2019 at 11:39 pm • Posted by Ruby Hill | Reply

    Hi there I am 10 months post op from my breast augmentation and at my right breast gives me mild pain and some discomfort on my scar, in the center of my chest and recently near my under arm. This breast feels tight all the time and one small area of it near the inside of it by my cleavage feels “wobbly” or numb. My breasts look perfect my scars look minimal and I dont feel sick or unwell at all. Did I accidentally do something to my breast if while I was 6 weeks post op I woke up sleeping on my chest accidentally on 3 occasions? Your expertise is greatly appreciated as my surgeon believes that this is scar tissue pain 🙁

    • February 19, 2019 at 11:40 am • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi there Ruby,
      Although I cannot offer any specific advice without seeing you in person, it is unlikely that you caused any harm to your breast by accidentally rolling over onto your chest in your sleep 6 weeks after surgery, especially if you have successfully slept on your back most of the time to that point. What would concern me if you were my patient was is that one breast continues to feel very tight. Since it seems that you are still concerned after visiting with your plastic surgeon, I might recommend you get a second opinion with a different experienced board certified plastic surgeon in your area to rule out the possibility of capsular contracture. Good look!

  • March 4, 2019 at 3:13 pm • Posted by Karin | Reply

    Hi, I had my breast augmentation done 2 days ago (400cc hp under the muscle) and I am still in so much pain, it is so much worse than I thought it would be. They are so swollen and feel rock hard and numb, and when I move my torso to try to sit up out of bed it hurts so much where the incisions are. I feel I can barely move so just been sitting in bed all day. My boobs look so much bigger than I thought they would, it’s all making me quite depressed. Is any of this normal or do I need to get medical attention with it?

    • April 18, 2019 at 4:14 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Karin, thanks for reaching out. After only two days, it is normal for swelling to be close to peak level, which is likely making your breasts appear larger than they ultimately will be. Everyone is different, and discomfort can be pretty intense for some for the first few days. That said, your initial recovery should be spent resting and taking care of yourself—not worrying about your body. At 2 days, you should have a follow-up scheduled very soon with your plastic surgeon; if not, call them! It’s much better to have things looked over than to wonder if something is amiss, and your surgeon can also help you find ways to improve your comfort after ruling anything out. Best wishes!

  • March 9, 2019 at 4:03 pm • Posted by Chelsea | Reply

    Hi! I had my BA done exactly a week ago. I am still not able to use the bathroom and starting to get stomach aches due to constipation. How many days out should I wait to contact my doctor? Besides this, I absolutly love my new breasts, I highly recommend it to anyone. I still have stiffness when I get out of bed and sometimes pain with incision, but nothing unbearable. I found that the pain did not ease until day 5 after they took the tape off. 405cc will hopefully put me at full C, fingers crossed for small D. Every woman should love their body!

    Thanks for this information!!

    • April 18, 2019 at 4:10 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Chelsea, So glad to hear that you love your new breasts—that’s our favorite thing about our work here. As for your other issue….constipation is quite normal after surgery and while on pain medication, as we mentioned in the post. However, if you have not had a bowel movement in a week and you’re feeling considerable discomfort, it’s worth calling your doctor for a recommendation on a safe laxative to use until things smooth out a bit 😉 Dietary changes may also help—make sure you are eating enough fruits and veggies, and drink plenty of water every day. Good luck!

  • March 10, 2019 at 4:11 am • Posted by Alisha | Reply

    I got my breasts done 4 years ago, and one of them has dropped more than the other and looks larger. I feel like this has happened recently (in the last 6 months).

    What could be the cause of this? I want to get it checked, but I got them done in another state and haven’t been able to find a doctor closer to home to do a check up

    • April 18, 2019 at 4:19 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Alisha, an unexplained change in your breasts should always be checked out by a qualified physician. While it can be helpful to see the same surgeon who performed your breast augmentation, this is by no means a requirement. Where are you located? If you are on the east coast, we encourage you to call our office at 610-320-0200. We frequently see out of town patients and can help you arrange for lodging in the area if you choose to see our plastic surgeons. If you prefer to stay close to home, start with your OBGYN or primary care doctor. They can perform an initial evaluation and should be able to refer you to the appropriate specialist. Good luck!

  • March 10, 2019 at 11:08 pm • Posted by Patricia Masi-Czubay | Reply

    To all:

    Just had two silicone implants placed 4 days ago after 3 rounds of fat grafting (separate surgeries) and after my initial bilateral mastectomy in December 2016. I appreciated everyone’s thoughtful comments! I’m still all wrapped like a mummy. I go see my ps for my post-op visit this Tuesday. It’s been a long road. I’m only taking Tylenol, Motrin, and antibiotics. Only took pain meds on day 1 and 2. I’m tired as all hell and very happy I’m home. I’m in New York on Long Island. (Can you hear my accent?) Thanks for being here. It was nice not to feel alone at 11:00 pm on a Sunday night!

    Grateful on Long Island…
    Little ol’ silicone valley me…

    • April 18, 2019 at 4:22 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Patti! So glad you found a “community” in this post and comment thread. Congratulations on finishing your breast reconstruction journey—best wishes for a beautiful, healthy future.

  • March 12, 2019 at 11:04 pm • Posted by Nsurya | Reply

    Two weeks after breast augmentation. Much of this information has eased minor concerns like nipple sensitivity and strange electrical sharp sensations, which now I know it’s nerve endings healing. However, rather unusual difference in size between my breasts. One is bigger than the other, not higher or lower just bigger all around. I don’t feel swollen, maybe very minimally and equally tight and I feel that my pain level is normal for this stage. Somewhere maybe around a 4/5 and not constant. I want to believer that the size difference will correct itself. I found myself covering up my chest in public today and realized how much this size difference bothers me. Thank you in advance…

    • April 18, 2019 at 4:26 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi there! It is very normal for post-op swelling to affect each breast differently, and subside at a different rate too. By now you are likely about 6 weeks post op; hopefully you have found that the size difference is resolving naturally. That said, never hesitate to contact your plastic surgeon if you have any concerns, even months or years after surgery. We want to hear from our patients, as it’s the best way we can help to make sure you’re healthy and happy with your results!

  • March 22, 2019 at 9:53 am • Posted by SB | Reply

    **I am now 15 days post op breast augmentation. on the 12th day my left breast started leaking like a faucet out of nowhere in the middle of the night from my incision. My top was soaked. I went to the Dr the next day and he gave me two antibiotics to take but said there’s no sign of infection. My left breast is now a little sore but I don’t have this huge lump on my chest anymore on that side and it feels normal. I stopped leaking that same day. My right breast still has fluid in it. It’s uncomfortable, swollen & tight. My Dr said the bodily fluids should absorb naturally. Is there anything I can do to make the fluids on my right breast absorb faster?! It is getting painful. I’d rather he drain the right breast and go through the sharp pains for 24hrs and get this over with.

    • April 18, 2019 at 4:41 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      HI SB, while we cannot provide direct medical advice online, if the swelling and pain are getting worse instead of better, you should contact your doctor. Best wishes.

  • March 26, 2019 at 7:41 am • Posted by Shantell | Reply

    I have a vein grin the bottom of my breast to my abdomen. Its slightly painful to touch and is tight
    I’ve done some research and all im seeing is “mondords cord”?.. any other explanations for this???

    • June 7, 2020 at 7:49 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Totally normal and will go away in the first 6 weeks

  • March 28, 2019 at 9:16 pm • Posted by Crystal | Reply

    I am 4 weeks post-op breast augmentation 350ml silicone gummy under the muscle with inframmery fold incision. My right breast is smaller than the other. Both breast are soft and no significant pain or discomfort. Should I be concerned?

    • April 18, 2019 at 4:46 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Crystal, at 4 weeks post op it is still possible that residual swelling is contributing to a size difference. Assuming that all else is going well, you may just need a little more time. If you are concerned, however, it’s always best to contact your plastic surgeon rather than worry unnecessarily. Good luck!

  • April 1, 2019 at 1:48 am • Posted by Lis | Reply

    I’m 8months post op and I still have pain, like my breasts are sore and itchy. Also, my nipples one is lighter than the other. I had a best list and implants. Are these things normal?

    • April 18, 2019 at 4:55 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Lis, Itching is a common side-effect of the healing process, and even at 8 months some mild, intermittent itching isn’t uncommon. Breast soreness can be a result of many things, from residual swelling to hormonal fluctuations. If you are concerned, it’s best to contact your surgeon for an appointment so you can be examined in person by a qualified professional. Good luck!

  • April 3, 2019 at 8:08 pm • Posted by CaitlynGentile | Reply

    I had an augmentation on 2/27/20919 so it has been 5 weeks today. My left breast has dropped and looks amazing, though my right is still as high as can be and has the tornado shape, one week away from today is the 6 week mark and I have been told that’s when they should drop by. I am worried. I feel like I need to do something but my surgeon states its normal, any advise? I am NOT down with two entirely different looking breasts.

    • April 18, 2019 at 4:52 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hello Caitlyn, although many patients do have their breast implants “drop and fluff” by the six-week mark, everyone is different, and it is not unusual for this process to take up to 3 months. You indicate that you have brought up your concerns with your plastic surgeon, which is great—maintain that relationship, and give yourself a little more time. Typically, we recommend that patients wait a minimum of 6 months, preferably a year, before considering any revision for cosmetic reasons.

  • April 13, 2019 at 11:15 pm • Posted by Virginie Minciotti-Lucchesi | Reply

    Hi! I just had my breast augmentation done 2 days ago. That second night was terrible. Both of my breast are swollen, very sore, very hard, I couldnt sleep. I know its normal to ger inflated but I just feel like this is not right

    • May 3, 2019 at 4:22 pm • Posted by Dr Reedy |

      Hi Virginie, I’m sorry to hear you are so uncomfortable. Post-op swelling often peaks around 3 to 4 days after surgery, so it is not unusual for swelling to increase before it starts to subside. Even so, I do encourage you to contact your plastic surgeon, as he or she will surely want to know how you are feeling. Best of luck!

  • April 14, 2019 at 3:45 pm • Posted by Diana | Reply

    I got breast implants 2 days ago and it feel like i can take a deep breath. And I feel alot of anxiety.

  • April 15, 2019 at 5:59 pm • Posted by Patience | Reply

    5 days post op silicone under muscle and I’m worried I’ve done something to my breast my left breast is no longer tight and I can feel a small lump on the side of my breast near my nipple and my right breast still feels swollen like normal

  • April 19, 2019 at 3:33 pm • Posted by cynthia | Reply

    Had Implant replacement for CC only on one side three weeks ago its till tight and sore and looks smaller is this normal on a revision replacemt is the soften and fluff still happen when doing a revision implant replacment?

    • May 3, 2019 at 4:25 pm • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Cynthia, yes, the “drop and fluff” stage will still occur with implant replacement. If you were treated for capsular contracture, the plastic surgeon should have removed the old capsule. A new capsule will form with the new implant. Be patient, good luck, and don’t hesitate to contact your plastic surgeon if you have any questions or concerns.

  • April 20, 2019 at 7:53 pm • Posted by Jassy | Reply

    I had my breast augmentation on April 11th and I still feel very tired and out of breath.. I have an appointment this Wednesday.. also my upper back is very sore.. just wondering if it’ll all get better??

  • April 22, 2019 at 4:42 pm • Posted by Shiran | Reply

    Thank you so much for the helpful info!
    I’m 2 1/2 weeks after my surgery (245cc beneath the muscle) and the left side looks more swollen then the left side (which make sense), but it’s also looks a bit higher the right one (about 1 or 2 cm).
    Is it normal? I know it takes time until everything settles but just to make sure. I didn’t get any instructions to do a massage but I thought it might help.

  • April 27, 2019 at 6:54 am • Posted by Natasha1 | Reply


    Thanks for the helpful site. I had augmentation surgery almost 2 weeks ago. Dressings came off a week ago and all looked great. But in the last couple of days the pain has got worse, particularly in the right side, and the shape on the right side has changed – the contour is not as round and smooth as on the left, and I’m worried the implant might have shifted. They are small implants (250cc), recommended by my surgeon because of my small frame and because I didn’t have much excess skin.

  • May 8, 2019 at 2:34 pm • Posted by Lulu | Reply

    Hello do you prescribe preventative antibiotics post implant replacement with no lift? My Dr. did.. I don’t want to take them unless I have an infection. My left breast is a little more sore and swollen than right.. mild fever since surgery under 100.4? Minimal pain. No redness

    • May 16, 2019 at 12:31 pm • Posted by Dr. Reedy |

      Hi Lulu, Thank you for reading and for your comment. While I cannot provide direct medical advice, I can tell you that if you were my patient, I would be concerned that you are not taking your antibiotics as prescribed. While I understand not wanting to take any more medication than necessary, your doctor prescribed these for a reason. I am also concerned that you have a fever—you should see your doctor as this is a sign of possible infection.

      To address your initial question, I prescribe medication on a case-by-case basis, as every patient’s needs are different. Again, your plastic surgeon prescribed the antibiotics because she or he believed they were in your best interest. Please call your doctor, and I wish you the best as you continue to recovery.

  • May 11, 2019 at 1:49 am • Posted by Hunter | Reply

    I had my surgery 5 weeks ago. I had 350cc over the muscle with my incision under my nipple. I’m not having any pain and my breasts look great. My problem however is that my incision line is hard and very bumpy to the touch. Is this normal? I went to the tanning bed twice (covered up my incision line I thought) did I do permanent damage?

    • May 16, 2019 at 12:39 pm • Posted by Dr. Reedy |

      Good morning Hunter, Without seeing you and examining your scars in person, I cannot tell you whether you did permanent damage. It is possible that tanning darkened or thickened your scars, as the skin will still be very “young” and sensitive just 5-weeks post-op, even though the incisions have healed; it is also possible that your scars will flatten and fade over time. A hard, bumpy scar that is confined to the incision line is also characteristic of a hypertrophic scar, which can sometimes occur. Hypertrophic scars are not harmful, and they can be treated with therapies such as silicone sheets, steroid injections, or laser treatments. If you are concerned about the appearance of your scars, see your plastic surgeon. They will be able to recommend an appropriate treatment option. Good luck!

  • May 16, 2019 at 2:35 pm • Posted by STEPHANIE DESAUTEL | Reply

    hi there…i am a month out today from breast augmentation and i still have shooting pain, muscle spasm and some asymmetric in left side breast…its very tender around incision site and get shooting pains for no reason..lol..i can have a sports bra on and move slightly and it twings with pain…so glad i read these comments as i was little concerned but it seems its all normal..:-) i also have muscle contraction it feels like just sitting at work…

  • May 25, 2019 at 7:33 pm • Posted by Samantha | Reply

    1 week post double mastectomy with reconstruction with 605ccs each. One breast is higher than the other from the looks of the top of chest. They line up on the bottom. Is this normal? I feel like one is going to be so much higher than the other yet they are both the same size implant. The one that appears higher and more swollen feels so tight when I breathe in

  • May 25, 2019 at 8:00 pm • Posted by Nicole Darlington | Reply

    I had my breast implants 565 cc silicone and a lift done in February. They have since dropped and fluffed. And they are sooo small and so low. And actually they feel too soft. They look horrible in my eyes. This may sound sound silly but they look too real. I wanted them to be perky and sexy. I just have a a little bigger set of mom boobs. With scars on them now. Is this normal? Or should I be saying something to my surgeon. I just feel like I coulda done something else for 10k then have a heavier set of mom boobs.

    • June 27, 2019 at 11:07 am • Posted by Dr. Reedy |

      Hi Nicole, First of all, you are not silly at all. Everyone has her own idea of what a great result looks like, and I am sorry that you are disappointed in how you look now. Seeing as you wrote about three months after your surgery, it is very likely that your breasts will change a little more. Even so, I encourage you to talk to your plastic surgeon and be honest about your feelings. That is what I would want if you were my patient. Good luck!

  • May 30, 2019 at 11:37 pm • Posted by Suey | Reply

    I had my first BA in 2003 this is my 2nd BA I am six days post op my left breast is smaller and softer than the right breast the left breast is making a gurgling swooshing sound and when I bend over or get up from sitting or laying down the implant moves and it feels like it’s falling out of the pocket or slipping from under the muscle I have to place my hand under my breast to keep the implant in place or to push it back in the pocket or under the muscle also it is very uncomfortable and painful when it moves is this normal because I’m worried and not happy with the results of my BA

    • June 27, 2019 at 11:10 am • Posted by Dr. Reedy |

      Hi Suey, Six days post-op is still very early in the healing process, and discomfort and asymmetry are very common at this point. However, intense pain should be checked by your doctor. I suggest you give your plastic surgeon a call and explain to them what is going on, if only for some peace of mind. All the best,

  • June 5, 2019 at 2:37 pm • Posted by Jennifer | Reply

    I am 8 months post op. And I still have sharp shooting pain throughout the day in my nipples and slight numbness in my left breast still is this normal? I heard that some people can take a year or more to fully heal is this true thank you

  • June 6, 2019 at 1:30 am • Posted by Breann | Reply

    I am 8 days post. In my left breats I am experiencing some pulled muscle like pains even when relaxed under and over the implant. It almost felt like theres something in there besides the implant that is driving me crazy like a rock in my shoe. The right one feels 100% fine. I massage both of them and they are very soft but it hurts to massage the left. I also notice when massaging my left one likes to try to slide into my armpit. Like the picked on that side is bigger and father over. My left breast is starting to drop lower and the nipple looks lower. About 1/2 inch. I was a 32 B and had 375 mid plus silicone implants through the armpit. My left armpit is sore aswell. I went back to work after 7 days and have done light activities with my arms. (folding laundry at 4 days post op. ) Could I have bothered something ?

  • June 6, 2019 at 6:06 am • Posted by Mackenzie | Reply

    Hello, I am 7 days post op. I got 450cc silicone under the muscle. I am feeling pain and soreness mostly when I get up in the morning, is this normal ?

  • June 10, 2019 at 4:05 pm • Posted by Breann | Reply

    I had 375 cc silicone implants under the muscle 13 days ago. My right one feels normal but my left one is dropping a little faster (1inch) and feels very strange.(feels like a pulled muscles and when I madsge the inplant ir had a painful stuffed and scratchy feeling inside). Also I can feels many ripples all over the underside of that left breast. I had very good breast tissue before (perky B cups ) and didnt have thin skin also I work out regularly I’m not buff but in fit. I’m 5’2″ 125lbs if that matters. Why can I feel the ripples if my implant is under the muscle ? Did my muscle tear ? I’m 100% sure it’s the implant and it feels like its rubbing wrong inside aswell. Will this go away ? Any advice on where to have it fixed if it bottoms out ?

  • June 12, 2019 at 11:50 pm • Posted by Gigi | Reply

    I had my breast reduction almost a year ago (6/26/2018) and my right breast appears to be the perfect size/shape! Unfortunately my left breast is almost a full cup size smaller and the nipple has never popped back out. Is this normal? My surgeon told me it will be fine a few months ago but I’m feeling extremely self conscious:(

  • June 16, 2019 at 8:08 am • Posted by Jaime | Reply

    Hello, I am four weeks post op from my ba. And while I understand there are quite a few symptoms that are normal during the recovery process (tingling, shooting pain, numbness, hypersensitivity, swelling, etc). My one breast is still considerably more tender than the other, especially on the lateral portion.No redness, warmth or signs of infections or asymmetry (other than L breast remains high still. I just wanted reassurance, I keep getting told to trust the process and I am a nurse by trade, but this healing process has turned me into a worry wort. Also I still have subcutaneous emphysema on the inside and outside breast crease. I know this is also normal, but I feel it should be healed by now?

  • June 21, 2019 at 4:30 am • Posted by Matisse | Reply

    Hi I had a great augmentation in October gone, and I feel like my right boob the implant is so low I can feel the bottom of the implant when I touch underneath near the incision and it is very saggy. Is it normal

    • June 27, 2019 at 11:29 am • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Matisse, we cannot provide any direct medical advice over the internet, but what you describe sounds similar to what occurs if the inframammary fold and/or bottom of the implant pocket has weakened. You should get in touch with your plastic surgeon or another board certified plastic surgeon to have your implant checked. Good luck.

  • June 22, 2019 at 9:35 am • Posted by Natali | Reply

    I had my surgery on the 18th so today is day 4 and I’m having a real burning sensation in my left boob. It’s a burning sensation all over the boob. My right boob feels fine (still sore but fine), is this normal? It hurts especially if I move and I don’t know jf it’s just my head overreacting or if I should take this pain seriously. I had a transax augmentation.

  • June 27, 2019 at 8:08 am • Posted by Jennifer05 | Reply

    Thanks for sharing the information on breast augmentation.

  • July 8, 2019 at 7:39 pm • Posted by Jessie | Reply

    Hi ! I had my BA 5days ago…I’m 5’4 133lbs
    I had salene 360 cc before an went to 450cc in my left breast , my right breast I guess he needed to put 580cc 😳 in help with symmetry…it’s been 16years since my first BA.
    I’m feeling a little depressed…I feel like I wanted to go a little bigger/fuller to fill out some of my saggy skin …But I feel like their just soo big ..my Cleavage doesn’t look as defined ..it just looks like an old lady line and makes me appear top heavy and square. Their both like torpedo shape look and heavy ..left side is noticeably bigger than the other side.. skin is somewhat raised in the sternum area.. I’m just really worried…I work out a lot ..I have a pretty small frame but ..I’m used to looking fit…my boobs before fit my body perfect.:.Do you guys think more swelling will go down and they will become more contoured to my body?? Or will I have to get smaller implants/ revision??
    Thx for your time!

  • July 31, 2019 at 10:47 am • Posted by Yesenia Martin | Reply

    Hi. I am 1 week post op and was wondering if any one of you ladies might be experiencing what I am. I’m having a constant pain/throbbing going down my left lower arm to the the palm of my hand like the nerve is throbbing. Feels like a pinched nerve. I hope this goes away it’s starting to get to me!

  • August 5, 2019 at 10:42 pm • Posted by Sonia | Reply

    Hi. I had a breast augmentation done just over four months ago. My right breast feels completely fine and recovered great. But my left breast was always more numb for up to the three month mark and now I feel that only 1/2 of the breast is numb and a super/very sensitive nipple. Is this normal. Thanks

  • September 9, 2019 at 7:45 pm • Posted by Millie | Reply

    One month since my surgery and I’ve been leaking milk from nipples since week 2 when I started massaging the breasts. Is this normal? My daughter is 13. I’m not pregnant. I haven’t heard or seen anything like this anywhere
    My doctor says it happens sometimes. Not happy with that answer.

    • June 7, 2020 at 7:49 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      It can be normal but if it continues discuss with your gynecologist

  • September 15, 2019 at 2:10 am • Posted by Katie | Reply

    Hu! I’m 3 1/2 months post of and still have mild pain on and off throughout the day and sometimes sharp twinges of pain. is this normal? I’m afraid I did damage sleeping on my side some of the time and waking up on my stomach during the night.

  • December 8, 2019 at 12:44 pm • Posted by Liz | Reply

    I am eight weeks out from a breast augmentation and am having some bleeding from one incision. I’ve talked to the NP at my surgeon’s office a couple times and she isn’t concerned but I haven’t been able to speak to my doctor. It is enough to soak my bra a couple times a day every day. Other than this everything feels fine and I am not swollen anymore or have any other kind of pain. But my incision on just the one breast is so inflamed and irritated. Coupled with the bleeding I am concerned. Should I push the issue with the NP and demand to see my surgeon or is this really just a normal part of the healing process? My main concern comes from having had a c-section in the past and my body healing so much faster from what is a more invasive surgery.

  • December 14, 2019 at 11:59 am • Posted by Tara | Reply

    I am 2 1/2 weeks post op and this is by far the best thing I’ve read yet. It’s put so many of my concerns to ease. Thank you so very much for writing this & sharing it!

  • December 20, 2019 at 8:31 am • Posted by Stacy | Reply

    I had my BA in July it’s almost 5 months. My left breast is hard, sits higher than the right breast. it feels like it’s under my arm pit and it’s shaped like a torpedo. My right breast is soft and it dropped. It looks and feel natural.
    My surgeon told me to keep massaging it, and my only option is to take out the implants. And if I put it back in I’ll have the same issue again.
    I’m 5ft 2in 115lbs, and I feel like my surgeon made my breast to big for my frame.

    Any advice?
    Stacy Williams

    • June 7, 2020 at 7:46 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Sounds like you have capsular contracture and that is treatable. You done need them out just corrected

  • December 26, 2019 at 6:25 pm • Posted by Tiana | Reply

    Hi, I had my augmentation two days ago.
    I’m just wondering if back pain is normal in the healing process.
    It’s mainly when I’m laying down and trying to sleep, the painkillers prescribed also dont help much with the pain.

    • June 7, 2020 at 7:45 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Yes. Back pain can be referred pain, it will pass. Good Luck!

  • February 22, 2020 at 2:41 pm • Posted by griselda | Reply

    Hi, I had a breast augmentation with saline implants (650cc) 5 days ago and I keep experiencing this odd pain in my right upper arm. It feels like a nerve is being pinched. I’m just wondering if it’s normal or if anyone else has experienced this.

  • March 27, 2020 at 6:01 am • Posted by fiona | Reply

    Hi i am 10 days post breast augmentation. I am 6foot tall and 69 kgs. i was getting 365cc but surgeon and staff all felt that i would easily pull off 410cc.(was an a cup or very small b) op was successful and has done an amazing job, however i am very anxious about how big they are look very out of proportion and “top” heavy how long do they take to soften and for swelling to go down. currently regretting getting them. Easily a size d at moment but wanted more like a small c. Is it likely to settle a whole cup size with swelling?

    • June 7, 2020 at 6:48 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Yes, they will get smaller as swelling goes down and they settle. But I’d after 6 months you feel they are too big then it is very easy to go smaller.

  • April 6, 2020 at 9:10 am • Posted by Cristina Cromwell | Reply

    Thanks for describing on the breast augmentation.

  • May 7, 2020 at 3:13 pm • Posted by SHANNON | Reply


    • June 7, 2020 at 6:46 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Pain usually goes away in a couple of days but for a few patients pain can persist for months. Acupuncture and pain specialists can help. But if it doesn’t get better you may need to consider explanation

  • June 1, 2020 at 10:47 pm • Posted by Calix | Reply

    I had surgery a week ago I have Silicone under the muscle implants. Just today I noticed a lump on the top of my implant which it’s a little painful to the touch and also just because. Should I be worried?

    • June 7, 2020 at 6:43 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Yes you can get Silicone implants at 18 but need to sign a release from the warranty

  • July 20, 2020 at 8:45 pm • Posted by Marie theosmy | Reply

    I had my breast done 3 years ago. The right one is higher and bigger and so uncomfortable than the right one and painful at time. I went to see my surgeon he told he doesn’t there is nothing wrong it’s all in my head. What should I do?

    • August 24, 2020 at 10:16 am • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Absolutely there is something that can be done. And it’s not in your head. Seek out a PS experienced in revisions breast surgery like myself.

  • July 21, 2020 at 9:28 am • Posted by Jenn | Reply

    I love this site made me feel sooo much better. 3 days post op lift and gummie implants, had overall feeling worse, dizzy, uneasy feeling , anxiety, tingling sensation back of my neck to top of head. Drank lots of water, contacted MD possible anxiety or anasthesia withdrawal? No pain and gone in a day. Anyone els experience post op anxiety attack?

    • August 24, 2020 at 10:21 am • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Anxiety, guilt and worry are all normal early on. This is a big change in body image. However with supportive care from my staff and your loved ones patients overwhelmingly are thrilled in the end

  • August 3, 2020 at 3:48 pm • Posted by Natalia Wójcik | Reply

    Hello, Ive read all articles on your website and thank you for that! Full of knowledge.
    Of course I also have question. Im 9 weeks post op. and one breast is fuller on the top (over the nipple) and just 1 cm higher than other. Is it chance that it will align? My surgeon told me to make massages in the fuller breast but after 2 weeks of doing that nothing happening, neckline is still not equal on both sides;/

    • August 24, 2020 at 10:20 am • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Be patient. Implants can soften and style for 6-12 months. However after that time any significant asymmetry is like permanent and my require revision

  • August 10, 2020 at 11:10 am • Posted by Andrea | Reply

    Good day,
    Thanks for this insightful post.

    This about covers my worries right now.

    Pls, if one breasts feels larger than the other after 6 months , should I be worried?

    • August 24, 2020 at 10:19 am • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      If after 6 months there is a shape or size difference then likely it will not change. You may need a revision or implant exchange. Seek out your PS or someone like myself skilled in revisional breast surgery

  • August 14, 2020 at 4:40 am • Posted by Dr. Daniel G. Kolder, M.D. | Reply

    Wow this article is really informative. I was looking for some information on what happens after breast augmentation, and this one seems to fulfill my queries. Thanks a lot sharing.

  • August 17, 2020 at 4:44 pm • Posted by Lane | Reply

    Thank you for this so much!! This is the honest and straightforward information I like. I really wish my surgeon or my surgeon’s team let me know at all about the drop and fluff process before I had surgery. I swear I did hours of research, but when I read up online about “swelling and tightness” I didn’t translate that in my mind to the breasts looking square and misshapen and low nipples for up to 3 months. You cannot imagine my horror looking at my misshapen breasts 3 days post op for the first time ever on a Saturday, when the office was closed till Monday! Thanks again

    • August 24, 2020 at 10:17 am • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      You are welcome 🙂

  • September 4, 2020 at 10:37 pm • Posted by Aoife | Reply

    Excellent article ! I recently got this procedure and all my questions have been answered. I hope the shooting pain from nerves dies down 😂

  • September 20, 2020 at 2:05 pm • Posted by bernadette | Reply

    Hi hope some one can hell had breast lift and implants in 2018. I have pain in left brest swollen on outer side and burning pain in nipple. I am very worried. Had mamogramme every thing was fine. Please advice me someone thank you

    • September 24, 2020 at 4:18 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      I would recommend a consultation

  • September 23, 2020 at 12:10 am • Posted by Mandy | Reply

    I had to have a double mastectomy w/reconstruct. It’s been a yr this Nov and my Surgeon hasn’t done the revision on my right breast and says he won’t til my insurance agee’s to more fat grafting. He didn’t do much fat grafting last time due to he had to replace left implant. It had flipped and stayed flipped. He revised the left breast but not the right. Now it’s flipping around alot. And the right is harder and looks fuller then the left. What should I do? Please help.

    • September 24, 2020 at 4:16 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      I would recommend a consultation. Call our office to schedule.

  • October 1, 2020 at 7:56 am • Posted by Susan | Reply

    Hi. I got my textured saline implants in 1997. . Three months ago I developed out of the blue a large lump. I also have terrible pain that comes and goes with swelling in both breasts. I have also lost over 40 pounds without trying in the past 7 months. I have been trying to get a mri for months but no doctor will send me for one. I did get a ultrasound and my implants are intact. They also said
    nothing was wrong. I’m afraid I have Alcl. Non hodgkin’s lymphoma.

    • October 9, 2020 at 6:14 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      You should absolutely seek out a board certified PS for evaluation and treatment. I would recommend a replacement with a nontextured implant and pathologic evaluation of your capsule and the mass that you describe. You absolutely need to rule out ALCL. Check the AMerican Society of Plastic Surgery website for a referral near your home

  • October 8, 2020 at 1:57 pm • Posted by Yvonne | Reply

    Not every Dr. takes their time to answer all questions and concerns we all have. You had answered all of them. Thank you so much, Best regards from Florida. (I wish you were closer.)

    • October 9, 2020 at 6:10 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Thank you! I treat many out of state patients. We can start with a virtual consult. Fill out the contact form and my patient coordinator can assist you 🙂

  • October 12, 2020 at 6:16 pm • Posted by Mede | Reply

    This post is so informative and helpful. I have also read absolutely all comments and the way you answered all of them is overwhelming. Thank you for this 🙏🏻
    I had my subfascial BA with a lift one week ago. The implants are Motiva round 205 cc. My surgeon suggested this placement because i have very thin tissue and almost no fat in my upper body. Everything went perfect, no pain, no major discomfort. However, today i noticed a couple of ripples on my right breast when i pull off my medical bra i am wearing post op. These were not present until today. I am wondering if this could be part of the process where they are supposed to drop and settle… is there any chance for these to disappear once the implant reaches the “final destination”?

    • October 21, 2020 at 9:02 am • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      It is early, things will change over 3-6 months. If after that time you have concerns about shape, look or feel discuss with your surgeon treatment options

  • November 24, 2020 at 1:28 pm • Posted by ShaNita D | Reply

    I had a breast lift with implants (640cc) on November 16. I appear to be healing pretty good (especially based on the thread/experience of the others comments I’ve read. I am having a bit a yellowish fluid leaking from my left breast and wondering if this is a normal part of the healing process or is it a sign of something abnormal. I had my procedure done on in a state where I don’t live (however reached out to the surgeon’s office that performed my procedure and waiting to hear back..my concern is the “waiting” could this be an infection and could this worsen as I wait) or is this typically a normal pet of the healing process. No fever, not feeling terrible (just the regular feeling of healing after such an invasive procedure) I’m want to make sure I’m not panicking and self diagnosing myself with an issue I don’t have, but also that I’m not being naive in hopes of “wanting” all to be ok…Please advise. Thank you

    • December 24, 2020 at 3:00 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      “Leaking fluid” is not normal and needs to evaluated as soon as possible

  • December 5, 2020 at 2:52 am • Posted by Carrie | Reply

    I had BA on Monday, today I got the stitches out and the incision was red, but it’s not hurting, I had the 1st surgery BA in August 3wks later my left side didn’t heal and the skin opened up, I was cut under the breast too, bc it was exposed I had the implant removed, so here I am 3 months later getting the one breast redone and the incision is red, he went in through the nipple this time, but the last time I broke out under my arm and the center of my chest from the cotton snap sports bra, I’m once again in the same bra. The nurse said it’s most likely irritation. Surgeon put me on antibiotics for a week since I finished the antibiotics he wrote me when he sent me home on Tuesday, I have to send a pic of the incision on this coming Tuesday to him, Is that normal this early for incision to be red and I have no fever? I’m hoping it’s irritated, this has been a long process

    • December 24, 2020 at 2:59 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      No reddness is ever normal, you should been seen by your plastic surgeon promptly

  • January 18, 2021 at 10:43 pm • Posted by Nancy | Reply

    Hello. I had my surgery two weeks ago. I have been having back pain is that normal?

    • January 26, 2021 at 10:49 am • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Absolutely you can have some referred pain in the back or arms, no worries

  • January 24, 2021 at 10:53 am • Posted by Susie | Reply

    I am week 3 of recovering from my 3rd replant and reduction. All went well except I am experiencing soreness and a bit swelling in my left breast. No fever.. how do I know if it’s an infection?
    All has been perfect till this point.

    • January 26, 2021 at 10:49 am • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      you should be seen by your surgeon if you have questions regarding possible infection

  • February 4, 2021 at 5:13 pm • Posted by Manuel L Villalobos | Reply

    My girlfriend is 3 months Post-Op and out of nowhere she woke up with a fever and tenderness in her breast mainly her right breast is what has been giving her trouble like this morning we woke up and her right breast was huge way bigger than her left and she says its very tender and it hurts her when she gets up and to lay back. Should I be rushing her to the hospital or her plastic surgeon?

    • March 12, 2021 at 8:09 am • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Absolutely! That is an emergency and a possible infection that will require antibiotics and surgery. Good Luck!

  • April 13, 2021 at 6:42 pm • Posted by Kasia | Reply

    I am a week after the breast augmentation surgery … I wanted a natural, not too large 34 c … I liked the size of 380 cc on a trial fitting … after the operation I got 425 cc … why did the doctor decide on such a large size … I don’t like it and I’m depressed … what can I do now?

    • April 15, 2021 at 11:06 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Is it a saline implant? As they are overfilled as a standard. If not I would still not worry. I don’t know why the surgeon would use a different size. Clearly there was a misunderstanding between you and him. However, 30cc is a shot glass, a small difference. Once the swelling resolves and the implant settles and softens I think you will be happy

  • April 21, 2021 at 5:43 pm • Posted by Jennifer | Reply

    I’m three days post OP and so happy I came across this blog. I’m 38 very athletic, 5’3, 125lbs, petite framed with no children. Naturally was a full B but saggy and deflated from gaining and losing weight. Was suppose to get 250cc (or smaller) with a lift and not large as I wanted a natural look, but more volume. My surgeon went with 295cc silicone gummy high profile over the muscle with gala flex mesh lift. She did not end up doing a lift (Mastopexy) as she said 295cc filled my breasts enough. I’ve been crying for days. They look like torpedoes, they point outward and my nipples look stretched out. Anatomically I have a breast gap of a few inches, but I feel like I have major side boob and as if my boobs go outward. I hate how it looks. I know she said the gummy implants will soften, but will they “fall” into place and look more natural? I was on the fence between going under/over the muscle but she said because I’m athletic to go over the muscle. Having major regrets. I look too heavy with torpedoes that do not look natural at 3 days post op. 😭

    • May 10, 2021 at 4:33 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      you need patience as things will change dramatically over the next several months. If after 3-6 months you are still not happy you should discuss with the operating surgeon or seek a secondary consultation. Good Luck!

  • May 19, 2021 at 2:45 am • Posted by Louise | Reply

    Am 1 week PO and I can feel a ripple at the side of my right breast. I had a uplift and implant exchange. I had 365cc and I’ve had 375 cc put in
    Will this settle ?

  • May 30, 2021 at 7:45 pm • Posted by Gabrielle Donaldson | Reply

    I’m going into my 4th month since operation. The bottom left boob feels sore when I touch it. It’s still squishy like my right side is,no redness,not hot to the touch, and my boobs still look even.I’m just scared of capsular contracture.

    • June 18, 2021 at 8:57 am • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      You should be examined by your operating surgeon. I can not tell if anything is wrong based on your information. Call them to be seen 🙂

  • June 18, 2021 at 6:39 pm • Posted by Taylor C | Reply

    I accidentally moved my arm too quickly and I felt my peck muscle flex and it HURT! I am now having pain on and off shoot down my arm, it is slightly more swollen than my right but not a significant difference. Is arm pain normal after breast augmentation? I’m 4 days post op.

    • June 24, 2021 at 9:55 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Yes. Totally normal. Just take it easy and if it worsens call your surgeon

  • June 21, 2021 at 9:45 am • Posted by Jennifer | Reply

    Do you have any videos on the massage techniques? I am 1 mth post augmentation and have been doing them for about a week now but would like to make sure I’m doing them correctly. Thank you!

    • June 24, 2021 at 9:55 pm • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Massage depends on the patient. There is no “one way”. Call your surgeon and be seen in the office.

  • June 28, 2021 at 10:32 pm • Posted by Katie | Reply

    I’m 18 days PO And my back is killing me and my right incision is burning and hurts when I’m not sitting . It’s not Red , looks fine . Is this all normal ? I know it takes awhile but It’s hard to do normal activities with this burning pain .

    • July 12, 2021 at 9:17 am • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      You should reach out to your surgeon. This is not normal. My patients are routinely pain free by day 3-4

  • February 7, 2022 at 10:12 pm • Posted by Stacey | Reply

    Just my breast augmentation this morning . The pain has been manageable. Not the heartburn has been unbearable ! Is it normal to have sever heartburn after breast augmentation?

    • April 11, 2022 at 8:39 am • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      Yes. And anti acid can help

  • April 19, 2022 at 12:41 am • Posted by Angelica | Reply

    Hi! I’m 1 week & 5 days post op breast revision with capsulorrhaphy , mastopexy. I’m 720ccs in my left boob & 760ccs on my right, everything’s been going well. I experienced regular bruising up until now, which all turned yellow. Two days ago, i noticed a new bruise ( i believe ) on my left breast on the bottom near my armpit area but on my breast, its a little big & its now a blueish-yellowish color. It isn’t swollen, it doesn’t hurt & its not lumpy at all. I read that bruises only last up to two weeks so i’m a little worried as to why a new one came out.

    I was wondering if it is normal to get a new bruise & freaking out over if its a hematoma. Pleaseeee help! thank you

    • August 24, 2022 at 11:14 am • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      no worries! Totally normal

  • May 12, 2022 at 7:11 pm • Posted by Rana | Reply

    I am so glad i came across this article.
    I am 3 weeks post breast augmentation op.
    But left breast is much higher and it looks bigger than the right side. My doctor told me its nomral but i am so anxious. How long does it take for the breasts to be even and get the normal shape? My wedding is after 3 months.

    • August 24, 2022 at 11:13 am • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      usually the breasts looks good at 6-8 weeks and soft at 2-3 months

  • May 21, 2022 at 6:56 am • Posted by Sue | Reply

    I’m 3 weeks post op, had a breast lift and implants. My right nipple is bigger and a more squashed oval shape to the left. The left is smaller and circular.
    Is this normal, will the nipples even out over time? 🙁
    Thank you

    • August 24, 2022 at 11:13 am • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      sometimes, review this with your surgeon. If at 6-12 months it is still not to your liking a surgical revision may be needed

  • June 19, 2022 at 1:13 pm • Posted by Michelle | Reply

    I got a mastectomy 8 years ago. It is still tight feeling in my chest a bit & when I left my arms above my head when laying down it is still tight & uncomfortable feeling in my chest. I was suppose to get a second surgery for contracture, but my doctor & plastic surgeon both wanted the other’s approval for the surgery & neither would budge on who was to give approval first so my insurance would cover it & then my son was young & scared about me getting more surgery & the pain ended up going away from the contracture on it’s own so I didn’t get the surgery. I’m wondering if this is normal to have this tightness? Not sure if my insurance would cover the cost of a nother surgery since it’s been about 7 years since I’ve even seen my plastic surgeon & she’s not in my area any more, nor do I have a regular doctor either, but still wondering if I got another surgery would I be free of the discomfort & tightness when I lift my arms above my head? Also how much does this type of surgery cost if I have to pay for it myself? It’s been a long time having this discomfort & starting to suspect it’s not normal like I’ve been assuming it is. My doctors I don’t think gave me enough information about any of this or what’s normal or if I should have gotten follow up check up or anything for me to do myself for self care.

    • August 24, 2022 at 11:12 am • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      seek out an experienced surgeon in revisional breast reconstruction. Gov’t law mandates that your surgery is covered by insurance if it is related to breast cancer. If your insurance company gives you a hard time report them to your state board. Good Luck!

  • July 23, 2022 at 8:21 pm • Posted by Norma | Reply

    Im 8 day past my surgery date for lift with implant . My right breast cramps up when ever I use my arm or when I tents up it hurt so bad when I relax it goes away
    Hope I didn’t hurt my implant ?

    • August 24, 2022 at 11:10 am • Posted by Dr. Brian Reedy |

      no worries, normal

  • November 26, 2022 at 11:32 am • Posted by Taylor Abrams | Reply

    I love that you talked about throughout your recovery, a qualified plastic surgeon will ask you to come back at intervals to monitor your progress and get any questions you may have answered. My sister is considering Breast Implants to get the proper breast size she’s aiming for. To help her, I’ll keep in mind to advise her to consult with a reputable Breast Implants surgeon.

  • February 5, 2023 at 10:00 am • Posted by Sherri | Reply

    Hi there, healers. I just had my 2nd augmentation done. My first one done by Dr Reedy also lasted 22 years and probably could’ve gone longer. It was the best thing I ever did for both. I know the first few days/weeks is hard but it gets better and it’s so worth it! I was still happy with them 22 years later but I felt it best to replace them now before something goes wrong with them. I went from saline to gummy bear and increased a cup. I’m on day 4 and feel great! It’s so much easier the 2nd time around. I do get those zingers, the brief, sharp electrical type pains but it’s normal as I heal. The first few weeks is rough but hang in there, you will be so happy soon! 🙂

  • June 29, 2023 at 3:20 am • Posted by Yesenia niebla | Reply

    Hi there I know this is an old post. I am officially 11 weeks post op. I had a breast augmentation done 600cc’s under the muscle. My left breast hasn’t dropped at all and has developed a droopy look under the nipple where the implant is supposed to settle. My right breast has dropped and rounded out perfectly…my left breast looks odd and super high.Should I be concerned? Will my left breast ever settle?

    • October 30, 2023 at 12:42 am • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hi Yesenia, congratulations on your procedure. It’s not uncommon for breasts to heal and settle at different rates after augmentation, so it is likely that your left breast will eventually catch up with your right breast. However, given your concerns, it’s best to consult directly with your original plastic surgeon for a personalized assessment and advice on how you may help speed the process along. We wish you luck on your breast augmentation journey!

  • October 6, 2023 at 11:40 am • Posted by Lynn | Reply

    Are there any stretching exercises that I can do to alleviate some of the pressure and tightness on my chest?

    • October 17, 2023 at 6:53 am • Posted by Berks Plastic Surgery |

      Hello, and thank you for your question. We encourage you to talk with your original plastic surgeon, as they will be able to give you personalized advice or treatment based on how your body is healing and the details of your surgical plan. It is critical not to strain healing incisions too soon, and each patient is unique in terms of their chosen implants, implant placement, incision pattern, and health history. Once your surgeon has fully cleared you to resume a normal exercise regimen, they may approve you to do certain stretching exercises that may be helpful. We wish you luck on your breast augmentation journey!

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