Reza Nabavian MD: Plastic Surgeon Santa Monica California

How painful is breast augmentation recovery?

How painful is breast augmentation recovery?

The discomfort associated with breast augmentation recovery is often “manageable” with the correct pain management treatment. The vast majority of drugs, particularly those used to reduce post-operative discomfort, are required during the first 2-3 days. Rather than depending only on opioids to manage pain during the first few days after surgery, some surgeons recommend pain pumps or pain injections. Pain pumps resemble a little balloon that contains numbing drugs that slowly “flow” into the breast area through a catheter for 2-3 days when the pain management device is most needed.


Many women want to have breast augmentation surgery, but the possibility of agony throughout the recovery process keeps them from doing so. Some women, understandably, do not want to go through a difficult recovery, even if the end result is a boost in confidence and the attainment of your aesthetic goals. If fear of pain is keeping you from having a breast augmentation, know that  Plastic Surgery is a trained surgeon who knows how to keep recovery pain to a minimum for all of his patients.

Is Breast Augmentation Surgery Excruciatingly Painful?

It’s not as bad as you may assume. In fact, the pain of recovery is so minor that over-the-counter pain relievers like Advil or Tylenol are sufficient to alleviate any discomfort experienced following surgery. Of course, there are two major elements that influence how much pain you feel after your breast augmentation recuperation.

The first consideration is your pain threshold. Some people have a higher pain tolerance, meaning they can deal with discomfort better, while others have a lower pain threshold, meaning they are more sensitive to pain. Pain tolerance is intrinsic in all people, however if you have a higher pain threshold, it may help you recover more quickly.

Time, which may be divided down into four stages, is another aspect that will impact the degree of discomfort you can expect:

Immediately Following Surgery

During this stage of your recovery, you will be in the least amount of pain. You will notice an increase in weight on your chest from the implants as you wake up from the general anesthesia used for your surgery, as well as some little hurting or tightness in the breasts. You will, however, remain sluggish and disoriented as a result of the general anesthetic.

Several Hours Following Surgery

During the hours following your procedure, you may experience some moderate achiness or tenderness in your breasts. Some women relate the sensation to pulling a muscle, especially if implants are inserted beneath the muscle.

Days Following Surgery

You will most likely feel the most discomfort 3 to 5 days after your treatment. This is due to the fact that the healing process has begun, which may result in some irritation around your incisions and implants while your body adjusts to the procedure.

Most women have small twinges, tenderness, and hurting, but this level of discomfort normally subsides within a week and can be treated with over-the-counter drugs.

Weeks Following Surgery

As you heal from the treatment, your soreness will progressively fade in the weeks after your surgery. With the exception of minor soreness, many women have little to no pain within 2 to 3 weeks.

The majority of your soreness should be gone by the time you reach one month after surgery. Some women connect this discomfort to PMS-related breast pain.

How long will it take you to recover?

Most breast augmentation operations require a 6- to 8-week recovery period. Your recovery time will be dictated by your health, how rapidly you heal, and where the implants are placed. The pace with which you recuperate may also be influenced by your age. About 2 months after surgery, the vast majority of women are free to resume all normal activities, including normal exercise and intimate activity.

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