Pain Pumps Are Helpful After Breast Enhancement Surgery


Pain pumps are commonly used after body contouring surgery, especially breast enhancement (e.g., augmentation, reduction, and mastopexy or lift) because they directly release numbing medications into the surgical site for a more convenient recovery.

Right after surgery, their small catheter is positioned inside a wound or incision site so the pump—which typically holds local anesthetics—can deliver numbing medications at a slow and continuous rate. The device can hold drugs that can last for up to five days, although most patients will only need this pain relief within the first two or three days of surgery.

Because pain pumps are quite small, they can be easily concealed under clothing.

After the initial 48 hours, most of the postop pain is gone that most patients can rely on just mild pain relief.

The use of pain pumps during the most crucial, or painful, part of recovery allows the patients to avoid strong narcotics, which are linked to some serious side effects such as constipation, lethargy, confusion, nausea, lightheadedness, headaches, vomiting, and skin itching.

Another advantage of pain pumps is the shorter recovery period, which is possible by managing the amount of postop pain and discomfort. For this reason, many breast augmentation patients can return to work five to seven days after surgery, assuming that they are only assigned to desk job.

But for breast augmentation patients whose job is physically demanding—i.e., they are required to do some heavy lifting, raise their hands above their head, and move around too much that it leads to an elevated heart rate and blood pressure—a three-week time off would be more ideal.

However, breast lift and breast reduction typically require longer downtime, with most patients needing two to three weeks off or sometimes longer if their job is physically demanding.
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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon