Decreasing the pain after a buttock or breast surgery

Decreasing the pain after a buttock or breast surgery

10th Apr 2018


Pain comes in different levels, and each person has a different threshold for pain which is why some may feel more pained than others. When it comes to buttock or breast surgery, pain is inevitable because trauma is received by the body and it reacts to it. Anesthesia helps deal with pain during the surgery, but after it wears off, the patient would start to feel it.

It is in our nature to find ways on how to decrease the pain after a surgery. We want to feel more comfortable with minimal pain so we can focus on taking care of our body while it heals after from the surgery. There are several ways to reduce pain after surgery which includes drinking pain medication, wearing compression garments, minimizing bruising and swelling, preventing infections and avoiding strenuous activities.

In some cases, there is nothing that can be done about the pain but to just give it time. As the body adjusts, the pain will also subside. In other cases, there can also be abnormal pain felt after the buttock or breast surgery. This can be due to nerve damage or capsular contracture.


Take pain medication

One of the best and most common ways to decrease the pain after a buttock or breast surgery is to take pain medication prescribed by your surgeon. Pain after the surgery is expected, especially after the anesthesia has worn off. This is the reason why you will be given pain medications. It is an expected outcome and surgeons help you prepare for it by writing you a prescription.

Some people like to skip the pain medications because they think they can be addicted to it. Others don’t like certain side effects they cause so they stop drinking it. For some people, the pain without medication is bearable, but there are many who can’t bear it. There is nothing wrong with taking pain medications as long as you follow the prescribed dosage of the surgeon. Suffering in pain while you recover doesn’t do much good for the body, so it is best to drink the pain medication as prescribed.


Wear compression garments

In some breast or buttock surgeries where liposuction is done in other areas of the body, elastic compression garments may be required to be worn. For someone who has an open drainage, wearing compression garments can help reduce the pain. This is because the compression garments help make sure that most of the fluid that accumulates will be drained out. When this happens, there would be less pressure felt by the surrounding tissues. This does not only reduce the pain felt by the patient, but it also helps lessen the swelling on the affected area.


Minimize bruising and swelling

Bruising and swelling due to certain procedures done on the breasts and buttocks can be the cause of pain for a patient. The bruising is caused by blood that has leaked out of the blood vessels because surgery. This can cause an inflammation and add to the swelling that is already present. Some of the swellings can also be due to the increasing amount of accumulated fluid in the area worked on. When this is not properly drained, it causes pressure on the operated area and increases the pain. By reducing the bruising and swelling, it is also possible to reduce the pain felt after the surgery.

Proper drainage of the blood tinge fluid can help relieve the pressure. This is why some surgeons have drainage tubes attached to their patients even after the surgery. This is to help make sure drainage of the fluid is done easily especially when they expect a lot of fluid accumulation to occur.


Prevent infections

More pain can be felt after the surgery of your breast and buttocks when there is an infection. The pain can also be accompanied by redness and warmth near the incision site. As a precaution, antibiotics are prescribed by surgeons after the procedure. Patients should make sure that they complete the dosage and follow the instructions for drinking their antibiotics.

In case there is already an infection, surgeons will prescribe antibiotics to help fight it. It is also possible for surgeons to remove the implants if there are any, because it is already contaminated. This helps prevent the infection to spread inside the body.


Avoid strenuous activities

Strenuous activities can cause your body to stretch. When it is stretched, it is possible for the wound to stretch as well and even split apart when it hasn’t fully healed yet. This can be painful, and it can leave a larger scar. Even if you don’t feel pain anymore, it is not advisable to do strenuous activities early on your recovery. Make sure your body heals first to prevent pain and to get the most out of your cosmetic surgery.


Give it time

Sometimes, the pain that a patient feels after the buttock or breast surgery is due to the stretching of the muscles. If a patient goes through an augmentation, an implant or fat can be used to make the area bigger. It will need some time before the muscles get used to whatever it is that was added on your breast or buttocks. The skin can stretch more easily than the muscles because the muscles are denser. It just needs time, and that kind of pain will gradually disappear.


Abnormal pain after surgery

Although pain is normally felt after a buttock or a breast surgery, there are some pains that can be considered as abnormal. Patients need to know how to differentiate what a normal pain feels like from something that means there can be a developing complication. Normal pain is usually present for a few weeks to a couple of months after the surgery. When there is still pain months after the surgery, there is a need to identify what causes it.

–   Nerve damage after surgery

One of the common causes of pain months after the surgery is nerve damage. Due to the procedure, some nerves can be stretched, and some can even be cut. When this happens, pain can be felt as a burning sensation or numbness. In patients who went through breast surgeries, it is also possible for the nipples to feel pain even when only clothing touches their skin. It is also described as having sharp pains.

The pain caused by nerve damage can last for several months and in some cases, years. There are cases when the nerves just need time to regenerate and heal on their own. This is a slow process that takes a lot of time and causes various effects on the area. Some may feel itchiness, and some can even feel sharp pains as the nerves repair itself.

In other cases, the damage caused on the nerve is permanent. This may be due to the pressure given by the implants used during the procedure, and the only way to treat it is to remove the implants. The damaged nerve can result to the patient feeling either numbness or pain on the treated area.

–   Capsular contracture

Patients with buttock or breast implants may also feel pain on those areas even after they have fully healed. When this happens, surgeons can suspect capsular contracture to have occurred. It means the tissue surrounding the implants have hardened and tightened. This can cause pain as well as a distortion on the shape of the implant. The only remedy for this is to remove the implant. It is possible to replace it, but patients who already had a capsular contracture are more prone to develop them again.



Pain can normally be felt after a buttock or breast surgery, but it can be minimized by following your surgeon’s prescription on pain medication, wearing compression garments, minimizing bruising and swelling, preventing infections and avoiding strenuous activities.

The pain felt after the surgery usually lasts for a couple of weeks to a couple of months. In some cases, the pain cannot be remedied but should just be given time while the body heals itself. If the pain doesn’t subside in a few months, there might be other reasons that causes it.

Pain that is felt even after a few months after the procedure can be due to nerve damage. In some cases, the nerves heal on its own while in others, the implants inserted needs to be removed to prevent pressure on the nerve. Another possibility is severe nerve damage that causes the pain not to subside and may become permanent.

When pain is felt after the patient has recovered, capsular contracture may be the cause. In this case, the implants and scar tissue need to be removed. As long as implants are inside the body, there is always a risk of capsular contracture.


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