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I'm having Pain, Swelling, Nipple Sensitivity After Breast Augmentation Surgery

I am 61 years old, and I had small C cup breast implants placed about 3 weeks ago. My nipples and the surrounding area are now very sore and feels a very painful, burning sensation. Are these normal post-procedure? What can I do to ease the condition?

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Nerve and breast augmentation

Part of the question regarding nipple pain post-operatively should involve a discussion of the approach used for your breast augmentation. Was it through the areola (the dark area near your nipple)? If it wasn't and infection has been ruled out the pain may be transmitted from stretch, or less likely, direct trauma to nerves that provide sensation to the nipple. If your pain is associated with an incision near your areola then this may be a sign of cutaneous nerve injury which should improve with time as well. As always, when your post-operative course is a concern you should contact your surgeon and have an examination of the post-op results. I hope this helps. Steven Williams, MD

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