Managing the Pain after Breast Lift Mastopexy Plastic Surgery

Published December 6, 2014

Managing the Pain after Breast Lift Mastopexy Plastic Surgery

Breast Mastopexy and Augmentation Mammoplasty – is it really that painful?

Are you interested in having breast lift, also called mastopexy surgery, but worried about all the pain that you’d probably have to go through? This is a normal and common concern among women looking into the possibility of getting mastopexy and/or augmentation mammoplasty done. Such procedures are after all invasive and one can always expect some pain and discomfort surrounding the operation.

Managing the pain after mastopexy surgery

Pain is always a significant concern before and after a breast lift (mastopexy) operation. However the pain associated with mastopexy surgery varies greatly from one patient to another. Some women simply have a high tolerance for it while others find themselves in pain following the procedure. Fortunately, there’s always something that you can do to make the pain much more manageable especially during the first few days following the operation.

Perhaps the best thing that you can do to manage the pain of mastopexy plastic surgery is to think ahead – much of the pain associated with mastopexy surgery can be attributed to all the swelling which is the body’s normal response to the surgical procedure. The use of compression garments ought to help better manage the swelling and ease the pain.

If you’re having trouble coping with the pain following the operation, cold compresses are also a source of comfort that you can look into. Lightly apply cold compresses over the affected area for about twenty minutes then ease back for about forty minutes then repeat. Be careful about doing it too much. Applying too much cold can be tempting but ultimately reduces its benefit as the affected area gets used to the cold.

Another thing that you can do to better manage the pain of mastopexy surgery is to keep yourself elevated which will require some thought on your part. Several days following the operation, you would want to make sure that you lie down on an incline position (at least 25 degrees). Doing so would improve blood circulation and quickly ease the swelling.

Of course managing pain can be a very personal matter as no two patients are exactly alike. Hence you would want to discuss pain management with your breast surgeon well beforehand. If necessary, pain medications may be prescribed following the operation.

Would you like to discuss pain management with a qualified breast surgeon? Call Dr Tavakoli on 1300 368 107! When it comes to mastopexy plastic surgery, you would do well to seek out a reputable and accomplished breast surgeon!

Published By: Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

Dr Kourosh Tavakoli, MS, FRACS, is an Australian-trained plastic surgeon with over 20 years of surgical training. He is an active member of the International Society (ISAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). He is knowledgeable in plastic surgery of the breast and body and lectures extensively around the world on these topics.