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Implanted over 18 years and pain...

Dr. Hochstein answers your questions on breast augmentation, and all other breast surgeries including breast lifts, and breast reduction. Dr. Hochstein also specializes in tummy tucks.

Implanted over 18 years and pain...

Postby JessCO2 » Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:30 am

Dear Dr. Hochstein:

I have had saline implants for 18 years.
Under the muscle
325 CC
under breast incision.

I am having a great deal of pain in my breasts right now. Burning that feels like it is behind the implant and pulling and pain in my armpits. A mammogram has ruled out cancer.

My breasts feel soft and hang naturally, no lumps or CC and they have not changed shape at all. However, I do have a bit more side boob then I would like.

My question is:

Can the age of my implants have anything to do with my pain even though they are not ruptured? Will replacing them help at all? Should I go over the muscle if I get them redone?

I have been to several Dr's (OBGYN and Reg Dr) and none of them can give me any advice at all. I was told to cut back on my coffee and wear a good bra. I am at a loss as to what to do and do not want to get surgery again if it is not going to help.

Can you offer any advice as to what I should do.

Thank you very much for your time.
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Postby Dr.Hochstein » Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:33 pm

I have seen implants create discomfort when they are laterally positioned. I believe they somehow irritate the nerves there. This can be improved by revising the pockets. Putting them above the muscle would be a mistake. Sometime, however, breast pain can develop for no reason at all. Just one of the great mysteries of the human body.

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Postby JessCO2 » Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:59 pm

Thank you kindly Dr. I appreciate your reply.
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