It’s never easy going under the knife. Many times thoughts of pain and complications make any procedure more nerve-racking than it should be. To put your mind at ease, here is something you should know. Over two hundred women undergo breast augmentation every week in Australia alone—that’s roughly ten thousand women annually! With the volume of women of women that undergo the procedure, complications—let alone major ones—are few and far between. Breast augmentation is a very safe procedure (if done properly, of course) with very little complications involved.
How Does Breast Augmentation Work?
Breast augmentation (also called mammoplasty) is a cosmetic surgery procedure for evening out assymetrical breasts, changing (often enlarging) breasts, correcting breast sagging, and increasing breast firmness.
The procedure is carried out by placing a breast implant inside an incision in a selected area surrounding the breast, usually the bottom of the breast, the underside of the nipple, or the armpit. It typically lasts an hour to an hour and a half and is conducted under general anaesthetic.
Before deciding to get breast augmentation, here are some things you may want to consider:
Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?
- You are a non-smoker
- You are in decent physical shape
- You have no allergies to general anaesthetics
- You are psychologically and mentally stable
- You suffer from asymmetrical breasts, sagging, or post-pregnancy breast complications
Where can go to get breast augmentation surgery?
Breast augmentation surgery can be done either at a hospital or in a private clinic.
What type of anesthesia will be used?
Depending on the needs of the patient, the attending surgeon may use either local or general anesthetic.
Will breast augmentation affect my ability to breastfeed in the future?
Contrary to what many believe, breast enhancement has no detrimental effects towards breastfeeding; it does not damage breast glands and ducts.
Now that you know more about breast augmentation surgery, hopefully, you can now put some of your fears and questions to rest.
Back to our original topic: How painful is breast augmentation surgery?
Because you’ll be on general anesthetics throughout the procedure, you won’t really feel anything throughout the surgical process. Typically, you will feel pain and discomfort around the breast area for three to four days following the surgery, especially in the specific spot where the incision was made. Waking up for the first time after your procedure, you should expect a lot of grogginess, fatigue, dryness around the mouth, and a lot of soreness. You may feel a little disoriented due to the anesthetics and other medicines. Most patients are placed under painkillers like Vicodin or Percocet as a way to manage their pain.
Many doctors recommend full rest for three to four days after the procedure. Based on what most experience, it’s best to stay at home and get a lot of bed rest during that period. Although you can already go back to work following three to four days of full rest, you should stay away from physical activities for three to four weeks and refrain from any strenuous exercise or weightlifting for up to six weeks in order to prevent aggravating and reopening stitches. While recovering, it’s also advisable to do some mild stretching after the second week of post op to maintain muscle flexibility. The secret to proper recovery is to ease yourself into your regular routine.
The amount of pain you feel is, in part, related to the skill of your attending cosmetic surgeon; skilled surgeons generally produce better results with a lot less pain. If you’re serious about breast augmentation, it’s best to find a surgeon with the right combination of skill and experience to see you through the entire process from your first check-up to your last.