Pain during breast augmentation and what to do about it


More than 30,000 breast augmentations are now performed in Germany every year. The reasons why women, and more rarely men, have this surgical procedure are manifold. Aesthetic considerations often play a role. Sometimes women are so dissatisfied with their natural body shape that it causes a serious psychological strain. In other cases, accidents or cancer treatment make breast reconstruction necessary. Pain during breast augmentation is not uncommon as a result of the operation. But what discomfort is normal” and which are not?

What is the procedure for breast augmentation?

In breast augmentation with silicone implants, they are usually inserted through a skin incision. Where the incision is made and the implants are positioned depends on various factors. These include the shape of your natural breast and the size and weight of the implants. Implants, especially the shells called capsules, are made of Silicone as filling material.

In addition to surgical breast augmentation, if only a moderate change is desired, another method is available. Women can also have body fat removed from typical problem areas and injected into the breast. The breast augmentation with Own fat is particularly suitable for women who are basically satisfied with the shape of their breasts, but would like one cup size more.

Women interested in this gentle method of breast augmentation will find a competent contact in the specialist for plastic and aesthetic surgery Dr. Martha Bernard.

Is breast augmentation associated with pain?

As with all surgeries, complications can occur with surgical breast augmentation, and these include pain, for which the patient should be prepared.

Whether and what pain occurs during breast augmentation depends on the surgical method chosen and the patient’s individual disposition. Pain that feels like sore muscles is relatively common.

It comes to Feelings of tension and pressurewhich result from the fact that the skin on the breast is strongly stretched by the implant. Burning pain in the nipple area is not uncommon one to two weeks after surgery. In addition, there is pain that occurs mainly in connection with certain movements. This applies in particular to jerky movements that strain the pectoral muscle.

Back pain is typical with a considerable enlargement of the breasts, as the body must first adapt to the changed weight conditions.

What can patients do to avoid pain during breast augmentation?

To avoid pain and improve the Healing process not to endanger, certain behavioral adjustments are necessary after breast augmentation. In everyday life, you should refrain from jerky movements of the upper body. Heavy lifting, especially lifting small children, is also not permitted.

You must sleep only on your back for at least six weeks after breast augmentation. Sleeping on your stomach or on one side of your body is prohibited, as this sleeping position would promote pain and other complications.

Pain after breast augmentation should always be taken seriously and discussed promptly with the attending physician because, although it is usually only an inevitable consequence of the surgery, it can also indicate serious complications.