Q: Burning in Sternum After Breast Augmentation

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Fri, 05/13/2011 - 08:01

Is it normal to still have a burning sensation in my muscle near my sternum 7 months post? It just happens to be on my breast that has slightly bottomed out and where the muscle got partially detached along my sternum.... the bottom of my breast is also numb on that side.

It could just be nerves or it could be the muscle being stretched by the implant still.I also get burning in my nipple, but I'm not sure if it's related.My surgeon doesn't know why I'm getting burning in my sternum in my muscle.

A: Burning 7 months after is not common

Burning 7 months after breast augmentation is not common.  Likely origin of the problem is nerve injury.  If symptoms improve with implant manipulation  then one can consider revisional surgery for symptoms.  Otherwise it be best to review with your surgeon nonsurgery options based on your symptomatology (sometimes medications such as neurontin, or desensitization techniques via OT).

Q: Loss of Sensibility After a Breast Augmentation Surgery Through Periolar Incision

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Fri, 05/13/2011 - 07:25

I am a 26 years old female and I just had a breast augmentation and areola reduction through periareolar incision 3 weeks ago. Before the surgery, the sensibility of my nipples was normal and sometimes, when it was cold, not only the nipple but the whole areola contracted. Now, 3 weeks after the surgery, my nipples are numb and the areola does not contract anymore I want to know if the sensibility of the nipples will return as well as the areola contraction?

A:What you are experiencing is common

What you are experiencing is common and expected this early after breast augmentation. Most patients will have improvement commencing at 6 weeks and becoming progressively better in the ensuing year.