I Took Less Pain Meds Than Suggested- Can This Negatively Affect My Breast Augmentation? (photo)

I had a 450cc silicone sub-muscular breast augmentation six days ago and i'm still very sore and tight. I stopped taking pain medication two days after surgery and even then I only took one every 6 hours instead of 2 every 4-6. I thought i'd tough it out because it made me so loopy and that back fired. Now i'm concerned I messed up my total recovery or if my body is rejecting the implant. Should I start back on the pain medication? Or where should I go from here? Please help, thank you so much.

Doctor Answers 22

Less pain meds than suggested

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Thank you for the question.  Taking less pain meds should not be a problem.  They are there to treat patient's discomfort due to pain after an operation so it should not pose a problem in the healing process.  Best of luck.  Dr. Michael Omidi

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 120 reviews

Taking less pain meds than suggested

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Thank you for your question. Taking less pain medication than prescribed is okay. This will not affect the recovery or the result of the breast augmentation. This is just for pain and discomfort, and if you feel like you do not need them then it is okay to take less than prescribed. Best of luck!Dhaval M. Patel Double board certified Plastic surgeonHoffman Estates BarringtonOakbrook Chicago

Dhaval M. Patel, MD
Hoffman Estates Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 98 reviews

I Took Less Pain Meds Than Suggested- Can This Negatively Affect My Breast Augmentation?

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In short, taking less pain medication should not negatively affect your breast augmentation.  The medications are specifically to help reduce pain/discomfort.

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Does Pain Medication Affect Recovery Time After Breast Augmentation?

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Pain medication is given to you after a breast augmentation for the sole reason to control the physical pain and make you more comfortable while you heal. Some people need it, some don't need it as much, it all depends on your personal tolerance of pain. Sometimes, pain medication can actually slow down the healing process because when you don't feel the pain, you may be more active than you would if you were hurting more. So no, not taking pain medication will not adversely affect your successful breast augmentation or cause your body to reject the breast implants.

Talk to your surgeon about the level of pain and your concerns and he or she will be able to give you the best advice on how to move forward.

Andrew Kaczynski, MD (retired)
Sacramento Plastic Surgeon

Pain medication and healing

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Pain medication is provided to minimize a patient’s post-surgical discomfort.  If needed, you should take them as prescribed.  Taking this medication does not speed up the healing process.  For more information and to discuss your concerns, speak with your plastic surgeon.  By the way, your photos look great!

Pain medication and breast augmentation

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Thank you for your question.  Pain medication is for your comfort and typically does not affect the healing after breast augmentation.  If you need the pain medication, then take it as long as you are not allergic.

Remember not to drive while on the pain medication or operate any machinery. If you pain is getting worse over time, instead of better, then call or see your doctor. Worsening pain sometimes is a sign of a potential problem.

J. Jason Wendel, MD, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 214 reviews

You have done nothing wrong

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You have absolutely done nothing wrong by not taking more pain medication.  The medications are given for pain control only and have nothing to do with your final results.  Please consult your PS if you have any concerns that your recovery is not proceeding as expected.

Renato Saltz, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Pain pills after surgery

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I see no reason to think you have harmed your recovery in any way. In rare instances, increased pain can elevate your blood pressure and that can cause more swelling or bleeding but from what I can see in your pictures, all looks good. Make sure you follow up with your surgeon for your check ups too.

Julio Garcia, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Pain meds had no effect

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I do not feel your frequency of taking pain medication has affected your breasts.  If you are in pain however and are unable to tolerate your current medication, please speak to your surgeon about trying some other medicine.

I Took Less Pain Meds Than Suggested- Can This Negatively Affect My Breast Aug? (photo)Answer:

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You are fine but as others have said, please feel free to call your doctor. That is what you have chosen them for and paid them for!!! They are there to answer all of your questions….

John J. Corey, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.