Do breasts hurt after a Breast Augmentation?

How bad are my breasts going to hurt after I get a breast augmentation? Am I going to be all hopped on painkillers and grape soda? I like to drink grape soda in order to calm me down. At this point I am in some weird way addicted to it. Anyway, on a scale of 1 – 10, 1 being no pain and 10 being a painkiller every 4 hours, what should I expect?

Marietta10

F, 32, New York

This is an excellent question. It is extremely difficult to determine the level of pain you experience as it varies so dramatically from patient to patient. Overall, my experience has been that the majority of patients experience little to moderate pain levels. Few describe the pain as difficult or severe. The pain most often is from stretching of the skin or muscle. The larger the implants, the more stretching that is required. While some women breeze through breast augmentation declaring very little or no pain at all, others may have 1-3 days of discomfort which is easily managed with pain medications you receive from your surgeon. Pain tends to dissipate over days and gets better each and every day so it is unlikely you'll have prolonged pain. Often, pain is perceived to the degree you anticipate the pain will be, so it is important to stay positive. If you have something like grape soda which calms you, then there is no reason to believe it wouldn't calm you following breast augmentation! It's good to have painkillers on hand as prescribed, but when you take as needed up to the recommended times, many find they do not need to complete their prescriptions. The best way to avoid unnecessary pain is to make sure you follow your doctor's recommendations and rules about activity. Do not do any lifting or physicial activity which is prohibited or you will find yourself in pain which could have been prevented!

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 Hi. Pain is a very subjective  sensation. 

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There will be some degree of discomfort after breast augmentation.    Pain is unique to each individual as is the manner in which they respond to it.  In my practice we tell our patients to expect three days of pain and discomfort which should gradually decrease as the days go on.  Usually when I see a patient at their one week surgical follow-up they are no longer taking any pain medication and have generally assumed normal daily activities.  

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