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Mondor’s Disease also known as Mondor’s Bands

What is Mondor’s Disease or  Mondor’s Bands? This is the name given to bands or cords that sometimes appear just under the skin below the breast after breast augmentation. They are tough, fibrous bands from an inflamed or hardened blood vessel or vein. They were named after Henri Mondor, a French surgeon, who first described them in the late 1930s. They may be called Mondor’s Bands, Mondor’s Cords, or Mondor’s Disease.

They are rare and usually harmless, but can be painful at first. They do go away!! When they do appear:

  • They are often seen near the breast crease.
  • They are most often seen within one to four weeks after the breast augmentation surgery.
  • There may be a single band or there might be several.
  • They may appear just on (or near) one breast or on both.
  • They may be short, or they may extend as far as the stomach area and can spread out.
  • They may be more visible with raised arms.

Women have differing experiences with Mondor’s Disease. Some will have red and tender bands, while others will not have pain.

Mondors Bands after breast augmentation

Mondors Disease after breast augmentation*

The cause is not always known. They are associated with:

  • Trauma from cutting the veins during breast augmentation (or other forms of trauma)
  • Inflammation of the veins near the surface of the skin
  • Clotting in the veins near the surface
  • Tissues tightening during healing
  • Lidocaine use, which seems to increase the frequency

It is not known which of these may be the cause.

These are usually harmless and will go away on their own without any treatment. (The clot or inflammation will resolve itself). This can be in as little as 10-14 days, but may take as long as a few weeks. It will not affect the results of the surgery.

If it hurts, you can take mild pain medications or anti-inflammatory drugs. Some examples might be Advil, Motrin, Alleve, or Aspirin. If it doesn’t hurt, you can also massage it or use a warm compress or a warm washcloth on it.

They typically resolve and do not come back. If you are concerned, your plastic surgeon can look at it to rule out any other possible conditions with similar symptoms.

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