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Is it normal to have a crackling in the skin after a breast augmentation?
18 doctors weighed in

Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree
In brief: Breast aug crackles
This is very common and is likely due to air trapped beneath the skin during surgery (called subcutaneous emphysema).
It gets absorbed and is not a health concern unless it is associated with redness, fevers and chiils. Commonly at 3 weeks, women report a squeeking or sloshing sensation which also resolved.

In brief: Breast aug crackles
This is very common and is likely due to air trapped beneath the skin during surgery (called subcutaneous emphysema).
It gets absorbed and is not a health concern unless it is associated with redness, fevers and chiils. Commonly at 3 weeks, women report a squeeking or sloshing sensation which also resolved.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Robert True
This is uncommon, but not a problem as long as you don't get an infection. The redness Dr. Placik discusses could be a sign of severe infection of crackling is detected.
Dr. Jason Hall
Not a common problem, and even less so with silicone implants. If your skin becomes red and hot to the touch, see your surgeon.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
It happens and is nothing to worry about.
It usually goes away in a day or two.

In brief: Yes
It happens and is nothing to worry about.
It usually goes away in a day or two.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Dr. Tito Vasquez
Skin crackling, also called desquamation, is a normal occurrence after any type of skin incision. Just make sure that you are protecting the skin from the entrance of any bacteria if there are any areas that are still open or raw. This resolves in most cases.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
I think the question was regarding audible crackling not topical skin issues
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Quite common
It's usually related to a little bit of air in the pocket around the implant.
This absorbs over about 3 weeks. It can also make squishy noises and squeaks - but it is temporary, and does no harm.

In brief: Quite common
It's usually related to a little bit of air in the pocket around the implant.
This absorbs over about 3 weeks. It can also make squishy noises and squeaks - but it is temporary, and does no harm.
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Dr. Tom Pousti
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Crepitus
What you are referring to is known as “crepitus”; this is most commonly ( benign finding) related to air that remains for a temporary period after the breast augmentation procedure.
On the other hand, this may be related to an unusual/serious complication: pneumothorax. Therefore, your plastic surgeon will always be your best resource when it comes to specifics.

In brief: Crepitus
What you are referring to is known as “crepitus”; this is most commonly ( benign finding) related to air that remains for a temporary period after the breast augmentation procedure.
On the other hand, this may be related to an unusual/serious complication: pneumothorax. Therefore, your plastic surgeon will always be your best resource when it comes to specifics.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Dr. Tom Pousti
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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
This is occasionally reported, but typically early following implant placement.
It is more common in saline that silicone implants. As the site matures, this tends to self-correct.

In brief: Yes
This is occasionally reported, but typically early following implant placement.
It is more common in saline that silicone implants. As the site matures, this tends to self-correct.
Dr. Robert Alexander
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Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Yes
Yes it is. It could also be a sign of a pneumothorax but this would be highly unlikely.

In brief: Yes
Yes it is. It could also be a sign of a pneumothorax but this would be highly unlikely.
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
In brief: Yes
Called crepitus- caused by air left behind and not yet reabsorbed and harmless.
If it is new and accompanied by signs and symptoms of infection could be ominous- call your md!

In brief: Yes
Called crepitus- caused by air left behind and not yet reabsorbed and harmless.
If it is new and accompanied by signs and symptoms of infection could be ominous- call your md!
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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