Find out what you can do about painful spasms after breast augmentation surgery.

“Depending on where the implant was placed, it [pain] could be due to occasional spasms that one would have,” says Allen Gabriel, MD, board certified plastic surgeon with PeaceHealth Medical Group Plastic Surgery in Vancouver, WA..

“This is just more noticeable as weight (implant) is pushing against the muscle.”

How long might these painful breast spasms last?

“It is very difficult to assess without a history and exam and I recommend for one to see a board certified plastic surgeon.

Treatment for breast spasm pain from augmentation?

“During the first three months, the spasms are more common and can be daily,” says Dr. Gabriel.

“Stretching the chest and being involved in yoga and Pilates will minimize the spasms.

“It is important to have a good posture and not allow the shoulders ‘roll in.’  It is important to always stretch the pectoralis muscle.  Think of a ‘Charlie Horse.’

“We stretch against it to lengthen the muscle; the same should be done with the muscles of the chest.”


“The first year as the internal scar is maturing and nerves are regenerating, the internal ‘tingling’ can be noticeable.

“After the first couple of years, spasms and tingling will be minimal but still present since it would have been present with or without the implant.”

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Dr. Gabriel is adept at addressing a wide range of concerns, from breast reconstruction after mastectomy and the treatment of congenital anomalies, to complex facial and breast surgeries performed solely for cosmetic improvement.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.  
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