Published February 28, 2014

Noises After My Breast Enlargement Procedure

Breast enlargement can restore breast volume, enlarge small breasts and even up asymmetric breasts. The procedure will not only boost an individual’s self-esteem but also confidence. Sometimes after a breast implant procedure a patient may hear specific or a variety of slight sounds emerging from the implants including sloshing, squeaking, creaking, burping, gurgling, swishing, humming or rubbing. These noises are generally nothing to be concerned about due to their total benign nature and generally do not require treatment. A comprehensive, informative and understandable consultation with Dr, Tavakoli will make a patient aware about what to expect before, during and after surgery.


Do not panic if your hear any popping sound after your breast augmentation surgery. The noise sounds like when one sucks on a lollipop and takes it out of the mouth to produce that “pop” sound. It can be caused by residue air in the pocket adjacent to the implant that is forced to move from one area to another through a tight zone. The patient is likely to hear the sound when massaging her breasts, deep breathing or with certain movements. It is painless and as the air bubbles get absorbed by the body, the noise will decrease until it goes away completely.


Sloshing, which patients can also describe as gurgling or swishing can be caused by a fluid/air interface. Sloshing originating from the outside of the breast implants can be due to air-fluid level in the pocket external to the implants. The fluid can be seroma, which is a pocket of clear serious fluid that may develop after surgery. The sloshing sound should disappear as the position-dependent residual seroma and air are absorbed into the body.


Moving the arms or massaging the implant-augmented breasts can produce a rattling or crunching sound. Patients may feel bubbles if they touch the upper part of their breasts. The noise is simply trapped air that moves out and into the surrounding tissues. It is possible for your surgeon to notice the air bubbles immediately after your mammoplasty. As the air is absorbed into the body, the noise becomes minimal and subsides within a few weeks.

Vibrating or rubbing noises

Vibrating, humming, rubbing or a squeaking noise can be caused by implants sliding against the stretched moist tissues leading to a friction rub. Although it can be a faint sound, a patient may hear it if she presses her implants against the ribs and moves the implants slowly from side to side. The sound may reminiscent a cell phone set on vibrate or a squeaking door hinge. The noises can last just a few days or a few weeks depending on the patient’s implants.

Some noises are not obvious and may require quiet conditions to hear. However, if the sounds make you uneasy and alarmed or are accompanied by worrying symptoms such as pain or leaking, it is important to talk to the surgeon about your concerns. If you would like to discuss this further please feel free to contact us 02 9302 4900.

Published By: Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

Dr Kourosh Tavakoli, MS, FRACS, is an internationally renowned Australian trained plastic surgeon with over 20 years of surgical training. He is an active member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), International Society (ISAPS) and American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). He is considered a world leader in plastic surgery of the breast and body and lectures extensively around the word on these topics.