Breast Augmentation Patient Interview Series: Subpectoral muscle pain
Are you considering breast augmentation but are concerned about the pain levels? We discussed the subpectoral muscle pain after surgery with one of our recent past patients.
As a part of our patient interview series, we discuss the entire breast augmentation process with a past patient to give you the unique insight of the patient experience. If you have missed our previous blog posts, you can click here to go through to blog post one.
How is the pectoral muscle affected by breast augmentation surgery?
Tenderness and discomfort of the subpectoral muscle are a common experience after breast augmentation surgery. “We don’t actually cut through the muscle, but we do pull the muscle off the ribs. That becomes quite tender” said Dr Ralph Bright. The implant is inserted underneath the muscle which causes the muscle to be stretched over the top. This can make it feel like “you’ve got a tonne of weight sitting on your chest when you try to take a big breath”, he said.
Our patient did experience some levels of discomfort after the surgery, “sitting up and down, where you use your chest muscles a lot I found that a little bit painful and difficult” she said.
How long does the pain and discomfort last?
“It sort of goes out of your memory quite quickly, but probably a few weeks. It was extreme to start with but then it got less and less,” our patient recalled of her experience. Generally, this pain is most severe in the week after the surgery, lessening each week until your body completely adjusts.
Our patient continued to be as active as possible throughout her recovery. “Being active I always moved around a lot. I probably didn’t rest as much as I was supposed to being a mum and things like that but it didn’t bother me, as in I still made an effort to do things as much as I could” she said. “I’ve always been a believer that you know if you’ve got injuries or something like that, part of the healing is actually to try and keep yourself moving as much as your body will allow. I think that that’s been a significant part of my healing. To do what I could within reason.”
We do not recommend any heavy lifting for about 3 weeks after the operation. Low-risk exercise including walking can be introduced at your own pace at around the two-week mark, but avoid raising the heart rate or blood pressure before this time.
“Movement is very anti-inflammatory. So even though it’s painful to move, it does reduce the overall pain said Dr Ralph Bright.
Keep your eyes peeled for the next blog in the series -Breast Augmentation Patient Interview Series: Return to work – coming out next week!