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What can I do to reduce the pain of breast augmentation? I have never had any kind of surgery, and i'm afraid that i won't be able to deal with any pain that might occur during or after breast augmentation surgery. Will i be very sore afterward?

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Dr. Dennis Dass
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Pain

The discomfort from breast augmentation is dependent on the size of the implant you desire.
Larger implants...More discomfort...Longer recovery. On average, you should be able to get back to work within a few days (or even quicker with small implants). Six weeks before strenuous exercises. http://www.dassmd.com/breast-augmentation/index.html.

In brief: Pain

The discomfort from breast augmentation is dependent on the size of the implant you desire.
Larger implants...More discomfort...Longer recovery. On average, you should be able to get back to work within a few days (or even quicker with small implants). Six weeks before strenuous exercises. http://www.dassmd.com/breast-augmentation/index.html.
Dr. Dennis Dass
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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Depends on you

Most patients tolerate the procedure well.
Our office gives pain medicine. We also typically give a muscle relaxer that also helps. In some cases we can place a "pain pump". While you are asleep, we place a couple of tiny catheters into the pockets. The pain ball then drizzles out a few cc's of numbing medicine in the pocket. This can help a lot. http://www.jjrothmd.com/before-after/category.

In brief: Depends on you

Most patients tolerate the procedure well.
Our office gives pain medicine. We also typically give a muscle relaxer that also helps. In some cases we can place a "pain pump". While you are asleep, we place a couple of tiny catheters into the pockets. The pain ball then drizzles out a few cc's of numbing medicine in the pocket. This can help a lot. http://www.jjrothmd.com/before-after/category.
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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Easy recovery

Most patients are pleasantly surprised that breast augmentation has an easy recovery.
We use a rapid-recovery technique, with Lidocaine in the implant pocket, and nerve blocks. These make our patients very comfortable. Over 80% of them don't use pain pills for more than the first 2 days. So, ask your prospective surgeon about this.

In brief: Easy recovery

Most patients are pleasantly surprised that breast augmentation has an easy recovery.
We use a rapid-recovery technique, with Lidocaine in the implant pocket, and nerve blocks. These make our patients very comfortable. Over 80% of them don't use pain pills for more than the first 2 days. So, ask your prospective surgeon about this.
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Dr. Tom Pousti
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Pain Control?

Your plastic surgeon will prescribe pain medication and “probably” muscle relaxants to help with the discomfort after breast augmentation surgery.
Although every patient is different, most patients tolerate this procedure very well and are over the “hump” 2 to 4 days after the procedure is performed. Make sure you have lots of help/support during this time period. Best wishes.

In brief: Pain Control?

Your plastic surgeon will prescribe pain medication and “probably” muscle relaxants to help with the discomfort after breast augmentation surgery.
Although every patient is different, most patients tolerate this procedure very well and are over the “hump” 2 to 4 days after the procedure is performed. Make sure you have lots of help/support during this time period. Best wishes.
Dr. Tom Pousti
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Many options

This may depend on the approach as well as the technique with placement over the muscle hurting less than under the muscle.
Fat transfer tends to hurt even less. Pain treatment can involve various regimens of mediation, passive range of motion exercises, implant displacement, anesthetic injections, pain pumps, narcotic analgesics and cox-2 inhibitor such as Celebrex (celecoxib) used with muscle relaxants.

In brief: Many options

This may depend on the approach as well as the technique with placement over the muscle hurting less than under the muscle.
Fat transfer tends to hurt even less. Pain treatment can involve various regimens of mediation, passive range of motion exercises, implant displacement, anesthetic injections, pain pumps, narcotic analgesics and cox-2 inhibitor such as Celebrex (celecoxib) used with muscle relaxants.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Robert Steely
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: For

For most patients, a properly performed breast augmentation should have little pain.
The majority of my patients have this done on a friday and return to a desk type job on monday. One thing you as a patient can do is to reduce the risk of postoperative bleeding by not taking any Aspirin or pain reliever type meds such as advil, (ibuprofen) alleve, or Motrin for at least ten days before surgery. Also, no alcohol intake for at least 7 days before surgery.

In brief: For

For most patients, a properly performed breast augmentation should have little pain.
The majority of my patients have this done on a friday and return to a desk type job on monday. One thing you as a patient can do is to reduce the risk of postoperative bleeding by not taking any Aspirin or pain reliever type meds such as advil, (ibuprofen) alleve, or Motrin for at least ten days before surgery. Also, no alcohol intake for at least 7 days before surgery.
Dr. Robert Steely
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Dr. Stan Castor
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Early movement

I find that most patients are not in that much pain after 2 days.
Early movement of the arms and stretching exercises along with early massage greatly reduces the pain.

In brief: Early movement

I find that most patients are not in that much pain after 2 days.
Early movement of the arms and stretching exercises along with early massage greatly reduces the pain.
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