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Burning Sensation After Breast Lift and Augmentation

Breast revision surgery, often known as breast augmentation and lift, is a frequent practice. Millions of women have had this operation done to fix mistakes from prior procedures or to enhance the size and shape of their breasts. Burning feeling after breast lift and augmentation is unfortunately one of the hazards of any surgical operation.

Burning sensation after breast lift and augmentation is not uncommon and can be caused by a number of things. First and foremost, keep in mind that each patient will experience this symptom uniquely. Some patients may only experience mild discomfort while others may experience severe pain. The type of anaesthesia used during surgery and how long it takes for your body to recover from anaesthesia following surgery determine how intense the burning sensation is after breast lift and augmentation.

In addition to the type of anesthesia used during surgery, burning sensation after breast lift and augmentation can also be caused by other factors, such as an infection or bleeding under the skin flap where your incision was made during surgery.

This post also talk about signs of infection after breast augmentation and breast implant swelling after years.

Burning Sensation After Breast Lift and Augmentation

Given that surgery traumatizes the nerves and may cause swelling to compress them, numbness is a typical side effect of all surgical procedures and can last for several weeks or months after the procedure. Sensation in the breast and nipple can increase or decrease after augmentation surgery – ranging from a total loss of feeling through to tingling or sharp twinges.

Most loss of feeling will resolve in 2 to 3 months, however, some areas – such as the nipples and the area directly around the scar line – can take up to 2 years to resolve. The last place to regain the sensation will be directly adjacent to the incision, as the nerves make their way from the periphery to the scarline. In some cases, sensation may never return to 100% of what it felt like previously over the scar area.

This is slightly more likely to be the case when breast lift surgery is performed along with the augmentation.

Itching, a burning sensation, and then occasionally sharp pains are typical signs that the nerves are regenerating. Sometimes women feel hesitant to touch the numb areas of their breast as they can feel strange and separate from their body. However, it is important to massage and stimulate the nerves to encourage regeneration – you can combine this with your daily scar minimisation massage.

The most crucial component affecting sensory changes, particularly numbness, is the size of the implant in relation to the diameter of your chest. For this reason, it’s crucial to choose an implant size that is suitable for your body. Breasts are a normal aspect of female pleasure and there’s no point having the breast size you always wanted, if you can no longer enjoy normal sensation.

The possibility that the nerves innervating the breast from the breast’s periphery won’t be disturbed is lower and less dissection is necessary relative to the base of the breast the smaller the implant.

If persistent sensory changes concern you, it is important to discuss this with your surgeon.

Breast Augmentation Swelling Timeline

How to Manage Your Pain After Breast Augmentation

Pain and discomfort are common after breast augmentation surgery. Recovery from breast augmentation typically takes a little over a month. During that time, you may feel tired and sore and experience bruising. However, these symptoms will fade over time.

Sharp, shooting pains, and other discomforts in the breast are also common following surgery.1 The good news is that you can control most of your discomfort with the medication your doctor prescribes for you.

Doctor examining bandaged woman

First Week

Immediately after surgery, the nurse will bring you to a recovery room, where you will rest until anesthesia wears off. You will probably feel significant pain when you wake. Your doctor will help you manage any pain you experience with medication.

In the first week, you can expect to experience the following:

  • Lots of soreness
  • Tightness in your chest
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Swelling
  • Bruising

These symptoms will fade over time. Be sure to have a trusted friend or family member with you during recovery. This support is vital in the hospital and in the first few days at home.

After the first few days, your pain will likely decrease significantly. After about a week, your surgeon may clear you to return to everyday activities.

Avoid Strenuous Activities

In the first week, it is essential to avoid doing anything strenuous. In addition, refrain from lifting your hands over your head since this can cause pain and bleeding. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions on limitations and pain management.

First Month

You might not experience any pain or discomfort after a few weeks. In addition, swelling and bruising usually diminish.

That said, everybody is different and recovers at different speeds. So, you may still see some bruising, especially if you had complications.

Full recovery typically takes four to six weeks. That means some people will fully recover at the one-month mark, while others may still need a couple of weeks to feel back to themselves.

Some things may impact your recovery:

  • The size of your implants: The larger your implants, the more pain you will have after your surgery. Lighter-weight implants are generally associated with less pain.1
  • The position of your implants: Implants placed underneath the pectoral (chest) muscles tend to hurt more post-surgery. This increased pain is because the tissue is experiencing more trauma. The less the tissues are traumatized, and the less bleeding there is the better your post-op pain level.
  • You’ve previously given birth: Some surgeons report that people who have given birth tend to have less pain.

Second Month

After about a month, most people will experience a full recovery. You will probably be able to resume your regular activities at this point, subject to your doctor’s approval, without any restrictions.

Your breasts will also have a more natural appearance and feel. You will likely have an appointment with your surgeon to assess your recovery.

Medical experts note that people who have been through childbirth compare post-augmentation to the breast engorgement that new parents experience after having a baby.


Complications after breast augmentation surgery are possible, as with any operation. These may include:

  • Excessive scarring
  • Hard breasts
  • Ruptured or folded implant
  • Nerve damage
  • Inability to breastfeed

When To Call the Doctor

Call your doctor right away if you notice any signs of a blood clot, excessive bleeding, or infection. These warning signs may include:

  • Redness
  • Warmth
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting

Recovery Tips

To help you manage your pain, your surgeon is likely to recommend medication. If the prescribed medication is not providing you with enough relief, you may need to see your surgeon. They may offer a device that automatically delivers numbing medication to the area for two to three days when you need it most.2

Here are some post-surgery tips for staying comfortable:

  • Rest when you feel tired.
  • Avoid lifting or straining for two to three weeks.
  • If your stomach is upset, eat bland foods.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Take all prescribed or over-the-counter (OTC) medications according to your doctor’s instructions.
  • Ask your doctor if mild exercise, like walking, is OK.
  • Ask your doctor before doing stretching exercises (they may suggest some for you to do).
  • Ice your breasts for 10-20 minutes every couple of hours for the first few days.
  • Support your breasts with a surgical bra or bandage.

Sharp Pain in One Breast After Augmentation

According to a scientific review, people who had their implants placed underneath the chest wall and then received Botox injections during or after the surgery experienced less pain.3 However, the review only looked at seven studies, and the authors state that the assessment of outcomes for this practice is inconsistent and needs more study.

Most people manage pain after breast augmentation surgery with medication, rest, and activity restriction. Usually, people fully recover after about a month, but it could take a little longer.

As with any surgery, breast augmentation holds certain risks. Complications may include nerve damage, scarring, infection, and blood clots. You should contact your doctor right away if you notice any warning signs of infection or bleeding. You can stay comfortable by taking your medication as prescribed, getting adequate rest, staying hydrated, icing, and supporting your breasts.

Signs Of Infection After Breast Augmentation

 Early onset infection of breast implant is typically associated with fever, breast pain, erythema and purulent fluid or drainage. However, some patients may have systemic signs and symptoms of infection such as toxic shock syndrome which is usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus that is acquired during surgery. 

Breast Implant Swelling After Years

The most common symptom of BIA-ALCL is excessive fluid buildup around the breast implant, which can cause pain, swelling, or lumps in the breast or armpit.

Symptoms usually occur between three and 14 years after implant placement. It is important to recognize the symptoms and see your plastic surgeon should they occur.

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