There are many important questions to ask before committing to breast augmentation. One that is often overlooked for more “serious” concerns but nevertheless on patients’ minds is there only one is: Will it hurt?
You just might be surprised by the answer. The general consensus of the over 290,000 women who had breast augmentation this past year, is that there is little post-operative pain. Most of the discomfort after surgery is associated with a pressure and tightness in the breast. For roughly the first three days, the breasts may feel full and constricted, with moderate burning. Some women even describe feeling like “an elephant is sitting on their chest.” It is also common to experience temporary numbness. By the fourth or fifth day after surgery, these sensations should markedly diminish.
In comparison with the placement of the first implant over 50 years ago, modern medicine has significantly shortened the recovery time and associated pain. Most women will feel well enough to be back at work and their normal routine in less than a week. Performed under general anesthesia, as an outpatient surgery, the procedure itself is extremely comfortable, as well.
While the level of discomfort is affected by the size and type of implant, as well as the technique used, keep in mind that everyone experiences pain differently and will tolerate recovery in their own way. Dr. Vitenas feels strongly about comfort during the recovery period. He will provide the necessary prescriptions needed for peaceful healing. This may include pain medication, as well as a potential antibiotic (to fend off infection). Dr. Vitenas will also suggest additional non-medication methods for pain control.
Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery’s new, state-of-the-art office and surgical center, off the corner of Richmond Avenue and Drexel, is designed for extra comfort during your breast augmentation. The luxurious building is even equipped with an overnight recovery suite; here a private nurse can help with pain control for the first 23 hours. Call our office at (281) 407-7428 to set up your consultation.