Breast Augmentation Recovery – What To Expect
Breast Augmentation Recovery really depends on a few factors. Adequate pain control is likely the most important. Individual pain tolerance differs greatly. A lot of doctors find that women who have had children generally have less post-op pain, as they have a much higher pain tolerance. From a surgical point of view, there are several things the surgical team can do to decrease your post-op pain.
Some surgeons generally perform breast blocks prior to making any incisions with a mix of short- and long-acting local anesthetics. They find this greatly reduces post-op pain. Doctors also encourage patients to take the prescribed pain killers regularly every 4 hours especially for the first 24-48 hours. If you don’t stay on top of the pain in the immediate post-operative period, it is extremely difficult to “catch-up”. Most of my patients experience very little post-op pain after breast augmentation.
Of course, the type of augmentation you have will also determine your post-operative discomfort. Larger implants and subpectoral implant placement will also increase post-op discomfort. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get large implants, or place them under the muscle – you simply need to know what to expect. Many women also experience difficulty with sleeping in the first few weeks after augmentation due to the weight of the implants on their chest. This is more significant in back-sleepers.
Stay tuned for more tips on Breast Augmentation Recovery in the next few weeks.