Post surgical pain is one of the most common problems that a woman might face after undergoing a breast reduction procedure. This pain might also become intense, especially if this is not addressed properly. Naturally, this pain occurs when the patient moves around too much about in the days after the procedure. However, this can be treated with the help of a licensed doctor of plastic surgeon. Here are tips to treat breast reduction pain.
Tip #1: Expect the post surgical pain that goes with the process.
Before making a final decision whether you are to undergo a breast reduction procedure, you should remember that post surgical pain is just one of the potential side effects that you might be facing following the surgery. Other side effects include asymmetrical nipples or breast, the inability to produce mammary milk, and unfavorable reaction to the anesthetic used or loss of sensation to the breast and nipples.
Tip #2: Treat the pain immediately.
You should treat the pain immediately as soon as you felt it. Take some prescribed painkillers during the first days following the procedure. The most common painkiller prescribed by doctors is the Opioid analgesics. This is commonly given to women following the reductive mammaplasty procedure. But you can always take other painkillers if you have concerns about the possibility of drug dependency.
Tip #3: Take only prescribed medicines given by your doctor or pharmacist.
Make sure that you follow the right dosage as prescribed by your doctor. This will greatly reduce the risk of forming drug dependency if you follow the directions carefully. You should also be aware of the occurrence of general soreness in the area of your breast for quite some time following the surgery. But, it shouldn’t cause you too much discomfort as long as you follow the doctor’s order.
Tip #4: Limit physical activity.
Generally, doctors will advise their patients to limit the physical activity or movements until the wounds are fully healed. Sexual activity is also discouraged for at least 10 days after the surgery. You should treat any soreness that develops around the breasts with antibiotic creams or ointments, especially if the sore is painful. But don’t worry; sores of this nature usually go away after only a short period of time. This won’t cause any further complications.
Tip #5: Have follow-up surgery.
You should remember that follow up surgery is very important to treat unusually severe or persistent post surgical pain. Sometimes the cause of the pain is due to unexpected damage to nerves, blood vessels and other bodily structures that cause prolong pain to patients. Your doctor can correct the flaw by surgically correcting the unwanted side effect. Always communicate with your doctor regularly in the initial weeks after the surgery to ensure a good recovery period. You should report any pains that seem severe to you so that doctors can immediately diagnose the problem.
It is very common for patients to feel pain after the breast reduction surgery, especially for the first few weeks. Any slight movements can create pain. Even coughing, sneezing, or any other rapid movements or contractions in the torso can aggravate pain. Menstrual period during the time of recovery can also cause the breast to become tender and painful.