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There are a number of things you can do in order to reduce the nausea, pain, and swelling as well as speed up your recovery after a breast augmentation. The swelling and pain are important factors which determine how quickly you recover and return to your daily routine. Here are some tips to help you during your recovery.
Reducing pain and swelling
After you have been given the general anesthesia, your surgeon should inject you with a long lasting numbing medication. This can be like Novocain which should be injected on all sides of both of your breasts.
Before the incisions are sutured, a large amount of this medicine should be administered at the area where the implant is placed. The medicine works to block the pain signals that the nerves send to your brain post surgery. This also works to reduce the swelling. The medicine injected around the implant gets absorbed gradually into your body which means that the effects will last for some hours. Generally, this helps most women but when you are a breast augmentation patient, you must be prepared for a long, and at times, uncomfortable recovery period.
Pump at the surgery site
Some surgeons may also place a pump at the site of the surgery for introducing numbing medicine for a few days after your surgery. This could help some patients but it has not yet been proven more useful than if the surgeon had placed a large dose of the medicine at the site during the procedure and before suturing.
You will also be given oral medication from your plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Prysi, to deal with the pain and discomfort. Narcotics like Percocet or Demerol are prescribed, You can also ask for non-narcotic pain killer like Celebrex and muscle relaxant like Flexeril. These make for a great combination to offer relief from the pain.
Reducing nausea during your augmentation
Pain leads to feeling nauseated. When steps are taken to reduce pain and swelling then nausea is automatically controlled. Several medicines like Zofran, Pepcid AC and decadron are prescribed to deal with nausea. A combination of medicines might be used since the cause of the nausea may not be clear.
Once the pain, swelling and nausea remain controlled, your recovery from breast augmentation will be faster and more comfortable.