Zingers and Itching after Breast Augmentation

Zingers and Itching after Breast Augmentation

Zingers and itching are both common after a breast augmentation in Boston. Itching is usually related to the return of nerve sensation as well as histamine release during healing. The itching could also be due to the post-surgical bra your surgeon advises you to wear. Some other reasons for the itchiness include the prep solution that is used during the surgery, the dressing or the adhesive being used after it, the antibiotics or pain medications or mild fungal/ heat rashes.

If the itchiness is not due to the surgical bra, you could begin gently applying moisturizer or some organic oil to your breasts. Make sure though that you avoid your incisions. In case you have rashes as well, you must consult your surgeon for a helpful solution for it.

The placement of the breast implants under or over the pectoral muscle leads to sharp and consistent episodes of burning sensation which radiates from the ribcage to the nipples. Women have termed this sensation a ‘zinger’. The feeling may last a few weeks and it could actually be a good sign since it means your sensory nerves are not damaged.

Am I healing?

Even though both the itching and the zingers can be annoying, they are both a sign of breast augmentation healing. The nerve fibers which carry the itching sensation are the same ones also causing pain. The stretching of skin and sensory changes are common post-surgery and these cause itching. However, you must consult your surgeon to ascertain that the itching is not due to any other factor like an allergy.

During zingers, your nerve is trying to reconnect with the area it always supplied and this emits an electric shock or abnormal impulse. Most women find that a gentle massage or pressure applied to the area helps relieve the sensation. Some women may get alarmed by the burning sensation and the zingers but it is important to remember that it is a sign of healing and that there has been no damage to your nerves. Usually these feelings subside on their own within 3 to 6 months after your breast augmentation surgery.

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