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is it painful to have breast augmentation surgery?

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Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
No: Not for a surgical procedure. Most of my patients have a dull ache for a few days after surgery. They will take pain meds to assist them with pain control for a few days after surgery.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Manageable: Following any surgical procedure, there is a potential for pain. However in most instances this can be managed with perioperative medications and nerve blocks. Some approaches such as under the muscle may cause more pain than over the muscle. Experienced surgeons have usually developed techniques to minimize perioperative discomfort using a combination of muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory agent, .
Dr. Ramon Angel Robles
Plastic Surgery 28 years experience
Breast augmentations performed using a precise ,no blunt trauma surgical technique will allow patients a rapid recovery ,and allow patients to only take Ibuprofen for the postop pain. This technique does not require postoperative pain pumps or prescriptions for narcotics.
Nov 6, 2012
Dr. Ramon Angel Robles
Plastic Surgery 28 years experience
The surgical technique was first described and implemented in his patients by Dr. John Tebbets
Nov 6, 2012
Dr. Alan Durkin
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Under muscle yes: Subglandular (above muscle) breast augmentation is not as uncomfortable as sub muscular (below muscle). Having said that, neither procedure is unmanageable by any means. Most women are back to normal activity in 2-3 days regardless of technique. This is currently the most common cosmetic surgery performed in the us. It would not be this common if it was terribly uncomfortable.
Dr. Scott Chapin
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Breast aug painful?: The discomfort following breast augmentation is completely manageable. I instill a long acting numbing agent in the implant pocket during surgery. A combination of muscle relaxants, light narcotics, and nerve pain "supressors" help my patients manage this nicely. Most people feel like they've experienced a hard chest workout most patients are completely off pain relievers by 5th day post op.
Dr. Stan Castor
Plastic Surgery 29 years experience
Breast augmentation : Most women describe breast augmentation pain as similar to a good chest workout at the gym. Narcotic pain medicine is usually taken for a day or two, then a lot of women will switch to Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Early stretching and lifting the arms makes recovery quicker and manageable.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Yes but Manageable.: Most patients are over the “hump” 2 to 4 days after the procedure is performed. The use of local anesthesia, oral pain medication, muscle relaxants…make the operation quite bearable. Best for patients to have help during the first 2 to 4 days. Best wishes.
Dr. John Walker
Plastic Surgery 26 years experience
Tight, not sore: When correctly performed, it should be tight, and not painful. Injecting local anesthetic, and leaving a long-acting anesthetic in the breast space after surgery reduces what can be otherwise painful to a feeling of tightness. It is very technique, and dr. Dependent. Read the dr's reviews online to find out how much pain is involved, mine are not. You can read my reviews on this website.
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Not really: With the newer techniques, most of our patients are pleasantly surprised about their recovery after breast augmentation. 80% of them use their pain pills for 2 days or less.

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