Posted by Dr. Claudio DeLorenzi MD FRCS in Articles, Blog, News on December 29, 2010 | 4 Comments

Question: Dear Dr. Dee: I am deathly afraid of pain. I really want to get breast augmentation because I got robbed in that department (my sister got it all, and I have almost nothing). How much pain is associated with breast augmentation surgery?

Answer: Dear A: Many patients are surprised at how little pain they have after surgery. There will be some discomfort from any type of surgery, but we can do things to reduce it. For example, I put in some long acting anaesthetic solution into the implant pocket at the end of the operation. This will reduce the tight feeling and discomfort from the operation for several hours. Just like when you stub your toe, the most pain that you feel is right after it happens. Surgery is the same way, when most of the discomfort occurs immediately after the operation, and it then subsides. By blocking the pain early on with anesthetics, and then taking the recommended medications, most women have little problem getting through the postoperative routine.

Operations that place the implant under the muscle generally are more uncomfortable than breast augmentation over the muscle. How the surgery was done also makes a difference. Patients who undergo a precise pocket dissection in general have less pain than those who have a ‘blunt’ dissection (where tissues are torn rather than cut precisely). There is a wide variation in pain tolerance, but there are special methods that can reduce the total amount of postoperative discomfort. Getting back to your normal routine as soon as possible is part of a good recovery plan.

I encourage all my patients to get out and do stuff the day of surgery. I ask them to take a shower in the evening of surgery and go out for a light meal with their friends. Washing and blow drying your hair is great therapy post op. Not every surgeon agrees with this philosophy, but that’s why you should go out and find one that suits you! You should not base your decision on just on price, but on quality of service, your relationship to the doctor and the clinic staff, and your level of comfort with all the decisions that go into getting a successful result.

A bit of anxiety or nervousness is normal, and sometimes it helps to speak to a patient that has undergone the operation to understand better how you might feel. We have some volunteer patients who can speak to you. To protect their privacy, we will give them your contact information, and they can contact you after you have been seen in consultation.


  1. You managed to hit the nail …Thank you

    venta hielo Madrid / April 4, 2012 / 12:39 am / Permalink / Reply
    • Your so sweet! I hope you are feeling okay..tomorrow will be a rough day bc your going to be a bit sore– rest as much as you can, use ice packs if need be. (I didnt, but everyone is different) and remember your going to feel GREAT, like you can do EVERYTHING but PLEASE DONT! I was cleaning my house on day 2, my doctor would of loved to kill me please take advantage of your friends and have them do everything for you! lol Pleased & healing lovely

      J R / July 30, 2012 / 3:41 pm / Permalink / Reply
  2. Your web site provided us with helpful information. You’ve done a formidable task — grateful to you.

    venta guitarras Barcelona / April 4, 2012 / 2:20 pm / Permalink / Reply
    • Today does seem sweet though, but in the first four hours after surgery I was really miserable both w extreme tightness in the chest and a bit of nausea ( I almost threw up twice) but it soon subsided. My hubby has been home since the day of my surgery (until next Monday). He has been absolutely fantastic, helping me as I need it ( even to pull panties to go the bathroom ;>) – I think he was just trying to have a peak!!), but I really did not need him for me- I needed him to tend the kids, who always want constant attention. I have a 3 and a 4 year old, and this was my first chance to just sleep and rest!! This has been great for me, I finally feel like ‘me’ again!
      This was totally worth it for us, and the discomfort was far less than giving birth to my beautiful babies. I am so glad I did this, but everyone is different. Remember how some women in the delivery room were screaming their heads off, and others just went in and had their baby?– so its like that- attitude is everything. If you have it in your mind to do it, just do it- its no big deal, and it is worth it to get your figure back to what it was before pregnancy. I don’t care what self righteous snobby religious nuts believe. For me, it was important to get back what I lost to breast feeding. I can put on my clothes and I feel more like a woman again (not to mention that it is already more like it was ‘before kids’ in the bedroom when I take my clothes off, if you know what I mean).

      On the scale of one to 10, I would say that the pain was a 5, so it should not scare you at all.

      Lovely / July 30, 2012 / 10:18 am / Permalink / Reply

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