If the only thing that is separating you from the breast augmentation you’ve always wanted is the length of recovery time and the pain, this post is for you. Our patients often come to us with these exact concerns, and with having performed several thousands of breast augmentation procedures, we now have patients rating their pain level from a 2 to a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being most painful. I attribute these low pain levels and speedy recovery times to the following factors:
Each augmented breast is routinely injected with anesthesia before the patient awakens from the procedure. This technique gives a four hour, pain-free period and allows our patients to easily start their oral pain medication, allowing a smoother transition in pain control.
- Our patients are instructed to take their pain pills every 4 to 6 hours after surgery for the first 24 hours. This helps to give a uniform level of pain control and helps to avoid cycles of increasing pain that may happen within the first 24 hours.
- All of our patients are prescribed a muscle relaxant which helps to reduce the overall incidence of muscular spasm, which can contribute to the pain level.
- We routinely give our patients anti-nausea medication to help avoid nausea caused by the anesthetic.
- Our patients are instructed to sleep in a “Lazy Boy” position, with the head slightly elevated so as to put less pressure on the chest and to reduce the discomfort caused by trying to sit up.
- Each patient is given specific instructions for a gradual return to normal activity over a 2 to 3 week period. This helps to avoid setbacks in recovery that are usually caused by over-activity.
- All of our patients are instructed to wear a support bra to help avoid the movement of the breasts during routine daily activities.
- The incision used to introduce the implant is made as small as possible so as to also help reduce the level of post-operative discomfort.
With these pain reduction methods, our patients have described the breast augmentation procedure to be less stressful and much less painful. Less muscle spasm, less post-operative nausea and a smaller incision all help to produce a faster and smoother recovery.
To set up a consultation with Dr. Rucker, call the Rucker MD Plastic Surgery Clinic at 800.456.8222 and check out the website at www.ruckermd.com