1 day post op of Breast Augmentation. Why can't I take Motrin?

I had a under muscle 390cc saline breast aug. I am post op day one. Not sleeping & extreme pain. Lots of swelling & Percocet not helping at all. I would love to take Motrin because of the anti inflammatory aspect. I had a c-section & it was ok to take this. So guess I am confused on why this isn't suggested???

Doctor Answers 10

1 day post op of Breast Augmentation. Why can't I take Motrin?

Despite no studies showing that Motrin causes more bleeding after surgery, some surgeons do not recommend it because it does interfere with the body's blood clotting system. It may be best to follow your surgeon's instructions. 


Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 65 reviews

Motrin and day 1 post-op breast augmentation

Motrin changes the way platelets work and can cause excessive bruising and bleeding. I do not allow my patients to use this pre or immediate post-op.  I recommend tylenol to my patients.  Ask your surgeon.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Ask your surgeon first

I'd advise you to call your plastic surgeon right away for advice and help with medication management. It is not advisable to take more than your directed dose or combine medications without your surgeon's recommendation.

Taking Motrin after surgery

Although bleeding problems with motrin are low it can happen.  I would stay off of this type of medication for at least the first week after surgery.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Motrin and breast augmentation

Motrin or similar drugs (Advil, Aleve ) may put you at risk for more bruising and possibly post surgical bleeding.  Although this may be quite unlikely, it is best to avoid these medications for the first few days after breast surgery to minimize this risk. 

John Zavell, MD, FACS
Toledo Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

1 day post-op of breast augmentation

Hello.  Taking anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen will increase the risk of bleeding post-operatively.  Avoid using your arms much, reaching, pulling pushing, specially shortly after surgery.  Contact your surgeon to make sure you are taking the right pain medication.  Best of luck!

John A. Ayala, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Why can't I take Motrin 1 day post op of Breast Augmentation?

First of all thank you for your question.  The concern with taking Motrin or any anti inflammatory post surgery puts you at a higher risk of post surgical bleeding. My suggestion to you is to discuss your options for pain control with your plastic surgeon. Best of Luck.

Heather Rocheford, MD
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

Anti-inflamatory medications

The reason you should not take a Motrin (anti-inflammatory), or ibuprofen, is the increased possibility of post surgical bleeding. You should be able to resume your regular medications within 5 days post surgery.  

Ronald Freeman, MD
Macon Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

When can you take Motrin after breast augmentation

The concern about Motrin after breast augmentation is that it can cause an increase tendency for bleeding.

However after the first few days many surgeons use Motrin for their patients.

However you should not be in such pain.  Please see your plastic surgeon immediately for an examination.  There are other narcotic medications such as Dilaudid which may help control your pain. Keeping your arms to your side and avoiding excessive upper body motion can also help.

Pain following breast augmentation surgery

Contact your plastic surgeon's office right away. I use pain pumps for breast augmentation surgeries and my  patients generally do not require narcotics.  You plastic surgeon will want to do something to help with discomfort and help you to sleep. 

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

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