I’ve had breast implants for 15 years the past few months have been experiencing pain in my right breast. It’s been itching, sore, occasional burning sensation no just a constant dull pain. My obgyn didn’t feel any lumps and has ordered a mammogram but I can’t be seen for another couple months. Could my implant be causing these symptoms my other breast feels fine?
Could be capsular contracture. Even if your 15 year old implants are saline.
I would recommend that you see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for a complete evaluation. There are a number of potential reasons for some of the symptoms that you are describing. Also, there is a concern regarding the possibility of a condition known as ALCL when a patient with implants begins to experience symptoms or unexplained swelling. It is helpful if you can locate your implant ID card prior to your visit.
If you had your implants for 15 years with no issues until the last few months, something may be going on that merits investigation. You don't say if your implants are saline or gel, smooth or textured, all of which is pertinent. An obgyn would not be my first choice for evaluation. Return to your plastic surgeon (if feasible) or seek another one. You would probably need, in addition to the mammogram, an utrasound and perhaps an MRI.
Thank you for sharing your question. Because this is a recent change in your breast sensation I would start with a workup by your ob/gyn and then consider seeing your plastic surgeon afterward. Hope this helps.
Thank you for your very good question! Sorry to hear that you are experiencing the symptoms. Based on your description, it is hard to tell what may be causing these symptoms. You should definitely have your breasts examined by a board-certified plastic surgeon. After the examination, the appropriate steps can be taken. Best of luck!
I appreciate your concerns, and while physical examination would be helpful, it sounds like your pain is probably secondary to scarring around the implant, commonly known as capsular contracture. The mammogram/ sonogram may help regarding diagnosis, but you should consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon in our area to explore the best options for you. Good luck.
Hi There. Great question. Your concerns could be related to a variety of factors. Best to follow up with a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Please note that this following comment isn't medical advice. Rather this is meant as a general guideline. There could be many reasons as to why your breasts are experiencing pain. This is a difficult question to answer without knowing what kind of implants you have. With sillicone gel implants, there is always a risk of a silent rupture. The FDA recommends an MRI every three years for those with sillicone implants. I would also recommend that you consult with both a plastic surgeon and a breast surgeon for a proper examination.
Best of luck!