Thanks for your question. Most of my patients don't require a narcotic (like Vicodin) after surgery. They usually take ibuprofen and get relief with that. We do however send patients home with a pain medication just in case they need it. You should call your surgeon's office and discuss this with them. Best of Luck!
No need to be scared. Call your doctor and express your concerns. I routinely prescribe pain medication along with a muscle relaxer for under the muscle placement.
Hope this helps.
This question is one you should really direct towards your surgeon's office. They should be able to answer this question for you. Every doctor is different in their postoperative plan based on his/her experience. I will typically give my patients an oral narcotic to take for a couple of days after surgery as needed.
Each surgeon will
have their own preferences for pain medication following surgery. At my
clinic, I prescribe Percocet for my patients post-operatively. Each patient’s pain tolerance is different
but most patients no longer feel the need to continue taking them a few days
following surgery. Please visit or
contact your surgeon’s office for clarification as to your post-operative care.
We routinely give prescription pain meds for our breast surgeries - like Vicodin or Nucynta. Most patients only use them for a few days afterwards. If delicate surgical technique is used together with good nerve block anesthesia, this keeps the pain and inflammation to a minimum.
I do not recommend taking ibuprofen following breast lift or augmentation surgery due to the increased risk of bleeding following surgery. In my Raleigh, NC practice, patients having breast augmentation and breast lift procedures are given either Percocet or Vicodin for post operative pain. Typically patients use the pain medications, for two -three days then they can switch to Tylenol. Your plastic surgeon should be able to advise you on the pain protocol prior to your procedure.
Best of luck,
Thank you for your question. I have been practicing plastic surgery for 32 years and always prescribe narcotic pain medications for patients who are undergoing breast augmentation alone, breast lift alone, and when the 2 procedures are combined.
Typically we prescribed Percocet, Percodan or Vicodin. It is true that by 3-4 days most patients no longer required narcotic medications.