Is lying down after breast augmentation surgery ok?

Q:

I'm 17 days post op and beginning to lie down in bed. After lying down and then sitting up again I get a sharp pain in one breast causing me to sleep upright again. Is this normal or should I be concerned?

A:

Dear Bethany,

I am not sure if your implant was subglandular or submuscular. If submuscular then pain is a very normal thing after surgery for some time. Since it's only on one side, most probably it's due to the capsule that is starting to form around the prosthesis. Please consult with your surgeon who will prescribe some maneuvers that can be done to help alleviate this pain and prevent a severe capsular contracture.

Best,

Shady Hayek, M.D.

Shady Hayek, M.D.
Beirut

A:

Bethany, your question is fairly typical of breast augmentation patients who have submuscular implants. Most patients are instructed to wear a tight fitting sports bra at nighttime so that their implants are less likely to shift or move which can cause the pain you describe. Using a velcro strap at night for the upper part of your breasts can also help to keep the implants securely in their proper place in the bottom of the pockets. See your Plastic Surgeon to discuss a remedy.http://www.paulhowardmd.com/BreastAugmentation.html

A:

Bethany,

Thank you for your question.  Your experience of pain when sitting up after lying down so soon after breast augmentation surgery is not uncommon.

However you should be sure to consul the plastic surgeon who placed your breast implants and be examined and obtained his opinion and recommendations.

Good luck.

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