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How to Manage Your Pain After Breast Augmentation

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Updated August 05, 2012

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Managing Breast Augmentation Pain

Pain and discomforts are common after breast augmentation surgery. Don't worry. Here are some tips to help you cope:

  • You’re likely to feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery. You may also experience a burning sensation in your nipples for about two weeks, but this will subside as bruising fades. Sharp, shooting pains in the breast are also a common occurrence following surgery. Most of your discomfort will be controlled by the medication prescribed for you.
  • Keeping your breasts supported by the surgical bra or elastic bandage/Ace wrap provided after surgery will help to reduce your pain.
  • If you are not getting adequate relief from the prescribed medication, it may be an indication that you need to see your surgeon. Give him or her a call.
Learn More About Breast Augmentation Recovery
  • How to Care for Your Breasts After Breast Augmentation
  • Resuming Activity After Breast Augmentation

  • Recovery After Other Plastic Surgery Procedures
  • Recovery After Plastic Surgery - All Procedures
  • Sources:

    American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Breast Augmentation Recovery. Accessed May 22, 2011.

    Slavin SA, Greene AK. Augmentation Mammoplasty and Its Complications. In Thorne CHM, Beasely RW, Aston SJ, Bartlett SP, Gurtner GC, Spear S, eds. Grabb and Smith’s Plastic Surgery, 6th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 2007.

    Spear SL, Bulan EJ, Venturi ML. Breast Augmentation. In McCarthy JG, Galiano RD, Boutros SG, eds. Current Therapy in Plastic Surgery. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier, 2006.

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