I am 7 days post op and having pain underneath both breasts. Expected?

During the day, I've been taking 4 Advil every 4 hours. This seems to be helping. I've been icing at night only. Just when I feel like I'm doing well, the pain at night is really really bad. I even set alarms for Advil during the night so I don't go past the 4 hours. Is this expected? If so, when will that pain start subsiding. I have silicone gel, under muscle. I was sent home in a bra and still wearing that bra. Should I maybe switch to sports bra? Would that help?

Doctor Answers 3

BA Recovery

After breast augmentation surgery, it is normal to experience pain during the first week. Recovery time for patients varies as every person is different. When implants are placed under the muscle, patients can sometimes take more time to heal from their procedure and experience more pain than patients who have their implants placed above the muscle. Wearing your breast band and/or soft bra can help with pain and inflammation as it provides support to your new implants. However, sometimes the bands and bras could be restrictive and worsen the pain. During your recovery period, it is essential to communicate with your board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure you are healing properly. He or she can also prescribe a medication that may help more with your pain. Good luck in your recovery, and congratulations on your procedure!


San Jose Plastic Surgeon
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Pain during BA recovery

Thank you for your question, and I wish you a speedy recovery, and I'm sorry to hear of your continued pain and discomfort. It is best to discuss with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon your specific concerns and what may be causing your discomfort. The recovery after BA surgery varies widely from patient to patient as well as their level of discomfort during this time, but it is best to go see your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for a checkup.


Benjamin J. Cousins MD
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Benjamin J. Cousins, MD
Miami Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Pain under breasts

Pain and discomfort at 7 days post op is still expected.  The most common locations are under the breast or along the sides of the breast.  As time goes on the pain will continue to resolve.  Using ice packs and your medications is helpful.  Be sure to discuss your concerns with your surgeon but be reassured that some discomfort can persist through the second week and even in the following month as it's improving there can be days of soreness or discomfort towards the end of your day.  The muscle takes a while to stretch and is the source of the majority of your discomfort.  It will certainly improve as time goes on.  In my practice I allow switching to a sports bra for support and comfort if the surgical bra is uncomfortable.  Hope this helps.  Best wishes!

Levi J. Young, MD
Overland Park Plastic Surgeon
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