Breast enhancement procedure doesn’t last too long (not longer than two hours). However, it’s still an operation, and pain is something every woman should expect after breast augmentation surgery. How bad your postoperative pain is going to be is determined by various factors. One of them is associated with the size of breast implants you’ve chosen. Make sure that you’ve asked your surgeon about the best implant size for your body type and lifestyle.
Also, how long the pain lasts after breast augmentation depends on where the implants are positioned in your body. Your surgeon can choose one of the two placement options for your implants: under the breast tissue (subglandular) and above the chest wall muscle (subpectoral). Subglandular placement usually suggests less discomfort and pain, but both placement options have their benefits, so the final decision should be made by your doctor after consultation.
Your surgeon will most likely prescribe medications to ease breast augmentation pain that may persist during the first couple of days following the surgery. The first week after the operation is usually the worst in terms of discomfort and pain. Women describe this sensation as ‘soreness’ and ‘heavy weight on their chest’. First few days following the surgery are usually associated with sharp, shooting pains. It’s normal, so try to rest and follow your surgeon’s recommendations.
Eventually, postoperative pain will begin to diminish after about ten days, with almost all meds stopped by three weeks following the procedure. Sometimes women experience pain after breast surgery for up to three months, which is quite normal as long as your surgeon knows about it. Of course, breast augmentation recovery time is individual. Your surgeon will monitor you closely for up to a month. If the pain doesn’t subside after a few weeks, talk to your doctor.