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.

108 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

    I HAD MY IMPLANTS DONE IN 2011 AND WHEN IS THE NEXT TIME TO FOLLOW UP AFTER THE 2ND TIME AFTER SURGERY? AND I HAVE BEEN FEELING A VERY MILD AND TENDER SMALL LUMP AROUND MY INCISION IS THIS SOMETHING TO WORRY ABOUT? AND WHEN IS THE NEXT LAST APPOINTMENT YOU HAVE AND HOW MUCH IS YOUR CONSULTATION FEE?

    • 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

    Hi,
    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!!
    Mary

    • 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??
    Thanks

    • 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.

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