Thank you for your question. Your pain level after breast augmentation will depend on many factors, including your pain tolerance and the amount of trauma during your surgery. Generally speaking an expeditious technically proper breast augmentation will be less painful than 1 performed by a less experienced surgeon.
That said however there is also a significant difference in pain level comparing a breast augmentation done under the breast gland compared to a breast augmentation done beneath the chest muscle.
Generally speaking patients experience discomfort for 3-4 days when the breast implant is placed beneath the breast gland. When the breast implant is placed beneath the chest muscle discomfort can last a week to 10 days.
You will be given pain medications to control this discomfort and most patients tolerated this procedure very well from a pain standpoint.
The key to avoiding pain is to minimize the use of your upper body and arms as much as possible.