Is Breast Augmentation Surgery Painful?

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Is Breast Augmentation Surgery Painful?

Breast augmentation is a major cosmetic surgery. While a significant number of women are considering breast augmentation surgery every year, many are concerned about the pain associated with the procedure.

Breast augmentation is not as painful as people think. However, it’s a surgical procedure that involves making incisions. So, you can experience a minor amount of pain and discomfort that subsides within a few days after the surgery.

Usually, the degree of pain experienced can vary from person to person. It depends on several factors, including individual pain tolerance, the surgical technique used, and how well the patient manages their post-operative care.

How Painful Is Breast Augmentation Surgery?

During breast augmentation surgery, the best plastic surgeon in India makes incisions to create pockets for the placement of breast implants. The location of these incisions can vary, but they are commonly made under the breast, around the areola, or in the armpit. The procedure can cause minor inflammatory changes as well as bruising and swelling.

It is common to feel some tightness in the breasts after the surgery. If you opt for larger breast implants, you may encounter more tightness and potential discomfort than those opting for smaller implants. Many women describe this sensation as a feeling of pulling or stretching, which results from the presence of breast implants. The breasts may also have a firm texture and appear smooth due to the stretching of the skin. However, this initial firmness gradually subsides, and any tightness tends to improve within the first two weeks following the surgical procedure.

It’s not uncommon for certain patients to report experiencing a shooting sensation accompanied by radiating discomfort after breast augmentation surgery, and this is considered a normal part of the healing process. Typically, these symptoms gradually subside and become less intense over the initial four weeks post-surgery. However, if you continue to experience sharp shooting pains affecting your breasts for a long time after the procedure, you should discuss it with your surgeon.

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    How Long Does Pain Last After Breast Augmentation?

    The good news is the pain or discomfort after surgery subsides within 48 to 72 hours. Your surgeon will prescribe medications for pain management. These medications may impact the overall breast augmentation surgery cost. Breast augmentation issues are uncommon if you follow your surgeon’s post-operative recommendations completely. These instructions may include:

    • Take prescribed medications.
    • Apply cold compresses.
    • Take proper rest.
    • Elevate the upper body with pillows while sleeping or sitting.
    • Wear a supportive surgical bra or compression garment for the recommended time period.
    • Eat healthy food and stay hydrated.
    • Avoid strenuous activities, including lifting heavy objects.
    • Attend all the follow-up appointments.

    You should contact your surgeon immediately if you experience severe sharp pain in one or both breasts after breast augmentation surgery. He/She would initiate a clinical assessment to ensure that your breast healing process is progressing as expected.

    Dr. Rajat Gupta

    MBBS, MS, DNB(Gen. Surg.),
    DNB (Plastic Surgery)

    Dr. Rajat Gupta is a board certified plastic surgeon in India with 13 years of experience to back his expertise in the domain of aesthetic surgeries.

    Having completed his training from Maulana Azad Medical College and equipped with a thorough understanding of aesthetic needs of people, Dr. Gupta strives to offer the best remedies and cosmetic procedures outfitted with the latest technology to the aspirants in India and across the globe. To book an appointment, call: +91-9251711711 or email:

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