One of the most common questions and concerns, before having a breast augmentation, is how to deal with pain after a breast augmentation.
Of course, there is no one correct answer, since every woman is different. However, understanding where the discomfort is coming from can help you understand what steps you can take to minimize it.
Amazingly, the incision is rarely the cause of the pain. This is very surprising to me. If someone were to cut your breasts, it would, of course, be painful. However, in almost all cases, women tell me the cause of discomfort comes from a very tight or swollen feeling. They often tell me it hurts to take a deep breath or they feel pain when they go from lying down to sitting up.
The cause of the pain is the chest muscle being stretched over the implant. (I almost always place my breast implants under the muscle). Pre-breast augmentation, the chest muscles (the pectoralis) sit on the rib cage. After surgery, they are stretched over the implants, as are the intercostal nerves. I’m always surprised to see that the size of the implants seems to have very little connection with the amount of discomfort felt. I frequently use the analogy of suddenly becoming 9 months pregnant in one hour. If that happened, of course, your stomach muscles would be sore!
My favorite story is that I did a breast augmentation on a good friend of mine, who is an excellent triathlete. She did a half Ironman (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, and 13-mile run) 5-6 weeks after her breast augmentation!!
I find that with the above routine, almost all women will find their breast augmentation experience much easier than they expect, though they should definitely not expect to do a half Ironman, 5 weeks later.