I am 1 year post Op and I'm now suffering from severe Nerve Pain?

I am 1 year post op, I went from a b cup to now implants the size of 525cc. I'm having problems with them and need reversion sugery, I have a constant numbness ride down the side of my back and body on the right side. I have a lot of random throbbing pain every so often on and off and recently I have been getting a very sharp burning pain in random places in my boobs, I think this may be nerve pain? I went to The Cosmetic Institutie and they have done such a bad job!! My scars are horrible looking and very painful every after 1 year and very noticeable. I'm quite concerned with the random pain I'm getting even tasks like lifting is painful for me. What are the long term effects these pains could have in my life and future?

ashkate March 21st, 2016 NSW

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    Dr. Alex Phoon

    Alex Phoon

    26 answers

    Plastic Surgeon
    New South Wales, Australia

    Good morning,
    I'm sorry to hear things haven't gone to plan. It sounds like you have aesthetic concerns as well as shooting nerve (and possible back/neck)pain. Without any photos it's hard to comment on the aesthetic result but I can talk a little about the nerve pain.
    Whenever breast implants are used your surgeon will need to make a pocket for the implant to sit in. In doing so there will be tiny nerves that will be divided. It is not unusual for there to be some change in sensation and sometimes electrical symptoms that you'll feel in the postoperative period whilst your body adjusts to this. In my experience this tends to settle down and resolve by about 3-4 months. Massage can be helpful to desensitise the nerves during this period. 
    If you've got severe ongoing neurological pain problems at 12 months post-op then, in addition to massage and simple modalities you might even need to see a pain specialist. There are medications that exist that are specifically targeted to nerve pain. Unfortunately, these are not without side-effects as well such as sleepiness and drowsiness. You probably need to see a fully qualified plastic surgeon.
    Kind regards,
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     Pouria Moradi

    Pouria Moradi

    13 answers

    Plastic Surgeon
    New South Wales, Australia

    Sorry to hear you have had such a bad experience.
    I can't explain the numbness you are experiencing. Your first port of call is to see the original doctor who did the procedure and ask him/her for advice.If you are not happy with their answer then a 2nd opinion is easy to get.Go to the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeon's website and find a board certified plastic surgeon.

    I hope this helps and good luck.
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    Mr Dean Trotter

    Dean Trotter

    9 answers

    Plastic Surgeon
    Victoria, Australia

    Hi there,
    I'm sorry to hear that you are having problems following your breast augmentation.
    It does sound like you have nerve pain.  You have quite large implants, especially since you started out with a B cup.  This means that often the chest wall and breast nerves are stretched to allow placement of the large implant.  Usually though, the pain and numbness from these nerves will settle down with time.  I realise it is already a year and you are probably wondering if it will ever get better but yes, generally it will.  Some nerve related pain can take more than 1 year to improve.  It is uncommon to have permanent numbness following a breast augmentation so I would expect things to improve.  
    If the pain is ongoing it is definitely worth seeing your surgeon and your local doctor.  Occasionally referral to a chronic pain specialist or neurologist is helpful with this sort of problem.
    Regarding the scars, there maybe things that could be done to improve them.  I suggest that you also contact your surgeon regarding this problem to see if they can help, otherwise contact a plastic surgeon for an opinion.  The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons can help in this regard.
    All the best and I hope your pain and scars start to settle soon,