One of the most common questions we receive about breast augmentation is, “What medications will be prescribed?” This is not a simple question to answer because sometimes, patients will receive different prescriptions than another patient.
However, we can provide some answers so you know, in a general sense, what to expect.
Least Potent Drug
For patients with a high tolerance for pain, acetaminophen seems to work well.
This may make you nervous thinking that an over the counter pain reliever won’t be enough, but it is effective for many patients.
If the acetaminophen isn’t strong enough, a stronger pain drug can be prescribed such as something that contains codeine. For patients who are highly uncomfortable following surgery, Vicodin or Percocet may be prescribed.
Starting with the least potent drug ensures patients do not start with something that is too strong for them that could make them feel unnecessarily ill. Many times, patients will request a prescription of something they have used in the past, so it’s important to let your plastic surgeon know which pain prescriptions you’ve successfully used.
Lowest Effective Dose
Not only is the least potent drug prescribed first, but also the lowest effective dose is usually best. There’s no reason to take more than what you need. By starting low and then increasing as you need it, you will be able to get all of the benefits without unnecessarily increasing the risks of side effects.
History of Addiction
Some patients have a history of addiction. This means prescribing pain medications, which have a high incidence of addiction, may be out of the question. We never want patients to feel as though they need to risk a relapse of their addiction during their plastic surgery recovery. There are pain medications that are non-habit forming, and we will prescribe those to patients with concerns about addiction.
You do not need to have a history of addiction to be concerned. Some patients who have family members with addiction often ask if they must take addictive medications during their recovery and the answer is no. Just as there are options for people with a history of addiction, we have alternatives for those who may have a genetic predisposition.
Please discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon during your free consultation. They will able to give you more information on the medications you may receive following your procedure. You can then use the information to make an informed decision about which pain relievers would be best for you.
Call us today at our Manhattan or Commack, Long Island office to book your consultation. We look forward to working with you to achieve the look you’ve always wanted.