Does breast implant surgery hurt?

What is Breast Implant Surgery? Why do Women do it?

Breast implant surgery is a type of breast augmentation involving the insertion of silicon or saline implants inside the breast pocket to change the appearance of the breasts. Patients can choose the size and shape they would like to gain, and the plastic surgeon will work diligently to achieve the desired results. Breast implant surgery is a cosmetic procedure, but it is not always about simply gaining large breasts and sex appeal. Women choose to get breast implants for a variety of reasons. Some want larger breasts. Some women wish to correct a noticeable imbalance in the size or appearance of their breasts. Some wish to correct flaws or sagging. Others want implants to provide cosmetic reconstruction after surgeries such as a mastectomy.

The breast implant surgery

Those who are in general good health, have reasonable expectations, and can understand both the limitations and risks associated with breast implant surgery are good candidates for the procedure. The surgery is performed in a clinic surgical suite or at a hospital under general anesthesia. Expect one to two hours for completion of your breast implant procedure. The doctor makes a small incision on each breast in order to insert the implants. Placement of the incision is dependent upon your body, but plastic surgeons do their best to make incisions that will result in inconspicuous scarring. Your skin and tissue is lifted to create a pocket to hold the implant, which will rest behind the breast tissue or beneath the muscle of the chest wall. The implant is placed below the nipple, and the incision is then stitched closed, often with medical tape added for additional support.


Breast implant surgery requires that patients wear a surgical support bra at all times, even when sleeping during the first few days after the procedure. Patients can switch to a softer bra after the first few days, but will need constant breast support for at least the first six weeks to create optimal healing. This outpatient procedure allows you to return home on the day of your surgery. You will experience soreness and drowsiness, but within a couple of days, you can begin to resume your normal routine. While you can resume your normal routine fairly quickly, you will need to take care with bathing and to avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, and sexual activity for the first couple of weeks.

Potential Risks and Side Effects

Follow your surgeon’s written and oral after breast implant surgery care instructions, and be sure to report back to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. Bruising, swelling, tenderness, and even a burning sensation are all normal. However, if these conditions persist, consult your physician. As with any surgery, there are minimal risks associated with breast implant surgery. Your plastic surgeon will discuss the general risks as well as assess your individual risks at the time of your consultation. Following the after-care instructions should minimize any potential risks.

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