How painful is Breast Augmentation surgery?

Dr Alex Phoon from Park Clinic Plastic Surgery discusses pain relief and the pain associated with Breast Augmentation surgery.

Considering a pain scale of 0 to 10 and comparing Breast Augmentation to all possible surgeries you could undergo in your life we position Breast Augmentation in the middle – but only for a couple of days.

This really does vary by person though, you may feel more or less depending on your personal pain threshold.

We’ll do everything we can to provide you with everything you need to keep yourself comfortable. This begins in the surgical procedure itself where we provide you with local anaesthesia which provides good pain relief for the first 6-12 hours after which time the oral medication will start to work.

We typically provide use Panadiene Forte (a combination of Paracetemol and Codeine) regularly for the first few days as well as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as Voltaren. This combination of medication and a nice supportive bra and possibly a muscle relaxant, good relief can almost always be achieved.

Additonal post-operative advice

Minimise any unnecessary shoulder movements for the first few days. Try to complete tasks such as picking things up by bending at the hips, knees and elbows – try keeping your elbows by your side to avoid movement in the shoulder can help with this.

Why do this? Most implants are placed in a dual plane approach, this means that part of the implant is placed underneath the chest muscle and the other part is placed under the breast gland. As the implant needs to fit underneath the chest muscle, the muscle needs to be released.

This can be a little uncomfortable for around a week however after a few days this will reduce and those with a job with little movement can go back to work after 3-4 days. Around the 4-6 week mark you will feel as though you can do more and more, this is when you can start to reintroduce more upper body type exercises into your day to day life. Remember not to go too hard with training early on. A general level of gentle exercise is recommended such as riding on a stationary bike or walking.

If you have any further questions in regards to Breast Augmentation surgery, the pain, the procedure or suitability please do not hesitate to contact us.

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