There are many reasons why women have breast augmentation surgery including to help them feel more confident about themselves. After many years, some women feel that they don’t need the implants anymore or are causing them back pain amongst other reason so they get breast implant removal surgery which helps by putting less pressure on their back. Others who have already had breast augmentation surgery, then they may just need breast implant replacement surgery. 

Pain and discomfort are two absolutely normal things to expect in any surgery, so when getting your breast implants replaced, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. If undergone this surgery, you are more than likely going to be tired and sore for at least a few days until the swelling has gone down. The burning sensation in your nipples and bruising will fade in about two weeks also. In this article, we will discuss some of the reasons for pain and some helpful tips on pain management to aid in your recovery. 

Reasons For Pain

There are many reasons why you will have discomfort and pain after your breast implant replacement and there are a few things that may impact the amount of pain you will experience including:

The size of The Replacement Implants: 

If you are having a breast implant reduction the chances are that it will hurt less than last time. The larger the implants, the more pain you will be in due to tissue stretching etc. Light-weighted implants are less likely to cause a lot of pain.

The Position of The Implants:

If you have already had implants you will still have the same pocket as last time which will, in turn, hurt less if the implants are smaller. Implants placed underneath the chest muscle will hurt more after surgery due to the tissue experiencing more trauma. The reason why many get this done is that a patient is less likely to lose sensation in the nipples. The less traumatised the tissue, the less bleeding which is better for pain relief.

You Are Already A Mother:

Women who have been through childbirth and have had breast augmentation will describe post-augmentation to breast engorgement where the breasts become overly full. Many surgeons report that women who have been through childbirth tend to complain less about the pain due to them experiencing similar sensations.

How To Manage Pain Post Surgery: 

No matter how good the surgeon, there will be pain during the recovery of a breast implant replacement. The surgeon will prescribe medication for the pain, but if this doesn’t help it may be a complication with the surgery so it is best to go and speak to the surgeon just in case. Popping pills and keeping hydrated are not the only ways in which the pain can be managed. It may be worth trying out a few of these helpful tips to aid you back to recovery with minimal discomfort.

Keep Your Chest Elevated: 

Keeping the chest above the heart is a common recommendation from surgeons as this will improve your circulation ad reduce the swelling. It is also recommended that you should sleep in an upright position with the support of pillows behind your back.

Try A Pain Pump:  

A pain pump is a great way to reduce pain in the first couple of days when it is most intense and can be an alternative to prescription medicine. The pump can also be used alongside medication. The pump looks like small balloons that are attached to the body through small tubes which are inserted into the breast pocket. It then drips out a numbing solution into the breast area. 

Support The Breasts: 

A surgical bra will be wrapped around the breast after the operation which needs to be kept on around the clock to aid the healing, reduce swelling and also reduce pain. Once the surgical bra has been taken off it is recommended to wear supportive sports bras to keep the breast looking their best as well as reduce the pain that you may still be feeling.

Light Stretching And Exercise:

There are many benefits from exercising but don’t do too much too fast. Exercises to be trying are the likes of arm circles, shoulder rolls, chest stretches as these can all help to gradually stretch the chest muscles. Doing these exercise for an hour a day will prevent your muscles from contracting which will cause some pain and discomfort.

Implant Massages:

Implant massages have several benefits, but must not be started for at least 1-2 weeks after surgery. Massages will help to reduce the pain by moving the breasts. They will also keep the implants feeling soft and reduce the risk of capsular contracture where the body detects a foreign object inside the body which creates fibrous scar tissue around the object causing pain and stiffness.