Breast Augmentation Nuisance: Mondor's Cords

Breast augmentation complication

When you're recovering from a breast augmentation you may find yourself experiencing all kinds of new (and unusual) sensations as everything settles in to place.

Some things you'll experience won't be complications per se, just a nuisance! And that's exactly what Mondor's Cords are.

What is a Mondor’s Cord?

A Mondor's Cord is inflammation of a vein just under the skin of the breast or chest wall.

It’s not just a breast augmentation thing, it’s normally quite rare but I’ve seen more than a few women notice it after their breast augmentation.

Also known as thrombophlebitis, this inflammation can affect any of the veins in the breast, but most commonly affects those on the outer side of the breast or under the nipple. And, they're most often associated with an incision site (which is why they're most common under the breast when you've had a crease incision).

What does a mondor’s cord look like?

Just when you think you’ve got past the surgical pain part, you can get all sorts of other sensations cropping up. About two weeks after your breast augmentation you may notice a swollen, painful tube or line running down from under your boob and down your chest.

what does a mondors cord look like?

what does a mondors cord look like?

The good news is that they are temporary, and harmless. If you get a Mondor's Cord you can expect it to get better after several weeks... but they can last up to 3 months.

They are, however, quite often painful. The vein that is swollen can be quite painful. Which can be a pain in itself and make wearing your post-surgical bra uncomfortable.

How To Treat A Mondor’s Cord

The most common treatment is Advil and some time off from your bra, if it’s irritating the area.

Some plastic surgeons may also suggest a warm compress and massage, but do check with your surgeon first.

If you think you have a Mondor's Cord it's probably best just to check in with your plastic surgeon. They're quite obvious, but don't rely on your own self-diagnosis.

Your plastic surgeon will always be your best resource when it comes to making accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

Thoughts from Dr. Glenn Davis

Thanks, Jenny Eden, for a much needed article. Mondor's cords seem too weird to be harmless but they are. Time and patience cure them every time.