Why am I still experiencing so much pain from a breast augmentation? How can I stop it?

Q:

I got a breast augmentation about 2 years ago. I never regained feeling in my left breast, but I did in my right. The left one would only feel a bit of pain from "a pinched nerve". Now the right one hurts. I thought maybe I might of slept on it while in a deep sleep because it felt like a bruised/sharp pain. I have to slouch because if I stand up straight it pulls and causes pain. It is towards the middle of my chest and end of the inside of the implant. Will this go away? My pain is at about a 7 now.

A:

 Aney,

 

 What you are experiencing is most likely capsular contracture of your implants. Often there will be a distortion of the appearance of the breasts associated with your symptoms.  Capsular contracture can be difficult to correct. For an expert option consider a consult with one of the many members of the ASAPS in your area. They are great at corrective surgery. Best,

 

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

A:

Aney,

Thank you for your question.  I'm sorry to hear of the difficulty you're having.

Please consult a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery for an opinion as to what is causing your pain.  At this late date capsular contraction is the most likely explanation and may require revision.  Good luck.

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