Abnormal Pain after Breast Augmentation—Desensitization Helps

 

Treatment of abnormal breast pain after breast augmentation

Breast augmentation

 

Abnormal Pain after Breast Augmentation surgery can take many forms. I have blogged about Abnormal Pain and Breast Augmentation and their treatments here:

 https://tavmd.com/2012/10/29/pain-after-breast-augmentation-abnormal-pains/

 

Desensitization training

Abnormal Pain after Breast Augmentation—Desensitization Helps.  The experts in desensitization are doctors who practice physical medication and rehabilitation, pain specialists or neurologists. If the simple exercises below do not help you, you should see your cosmetic plastic surgeon to get a referral to one of these specialists.

The concept of desensitization is to retrain the nerves. The recently damaged or repaired nerve may not be able to convey the correct sensations the body is feeling. Hence, the rub of a shirt on the skin can cause astounding pain! Desensitization teaches nerves to get back in line and do what they are supposed to.There is no exact best schedule known for the application of these methods, but the idea is to perform them a few times a day for a few minutes each time.

Breast Massage after augmentation

Massaging the whole breast will help considerably not only with establishing correct sensation patterns but also with preventing capsular contracture. Massage will move the implant and muscle to allow a more natural shape as well. Massaging your breasts while in the shower or bath will be particularly easy, as muscles naturally relax with heat. Here is a video describing how to massage the breasts properly:

https://tavmd.com/2012/09/29/how-to-massage-breasts-after-implants/

 

Hot and cold application

The nerves that transmit the sensations of hot and cold are different from the fibers that transmit other types of pain. Applying ice in a plastic bag and alternating it with a warm washcloth (one that you place under the hot water tap, not the microwave!) will help. Do this three times a day for five minutes at a time.

 

Application of different materials

The nerves need to learn to differentiate between soft and rough stimuli.

Take pieces of each of the following and rub them over the skin of the breasts and nipples three times a day for five minutes each time.

Soft and smooth materials

  • Velvet or another type of soft cloth
  • Cotton wool
  • Tissue paper
  • Feathers

Slightly rougher materials

  • Wool (like a scarf)
  • Towel
  • Gauze
  • Spandex
  • Crumpled-up paper

 

Rough materials (watch out here)

  • Tree bark and twigs
  • Leaves like those of the Leyland Cypress
  • Sandpaper or pumice
  • Keys

With the rough materials, be careful not to cause an abrasion on your skin, or you will end up with even more pain. The idea is for the skin to learn to feel the difference between soft and rough materials.

Remember to speak with your own cosmetic plastic surgeon for other ideas and to get their OK. The most important thing, though, is to touch your breasts and have others touch them too. Your pain will get better sooner!

 

Morad Tavallali, M.D., FACS