Eden’s A-Z of Breast Augmentation: The Letters P & Q

In the A-B-C's of breast implants there is a lot of ground to cover.

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It really doesn't have to be a big task though, girl!

Let's continue our exploration of the BA alphabet with the letters P & Q.

Pain after a breast augmentation

Ow, ouch, owie... it huuuuuurts.

Whichever way you try to explain it, your body's reaction to an unpleasant physical sensation is pain.

If you want to know how much pain you'll be in after a breast augmentation you're not alone, it’s one of the most commonly asked questions.

In a nutshell: it can be quite intense the first few hours after surgery, eases off in the early days after surgery and you will be back to normal within a couple of weeks (or maybe even sooner).

Pain relief after a breast augmentation

No one likes pain, and you're going to want to minimize it and (ideally) keep it at bay after getting breast implants.

Your surgeon and anesthesiologist are geared up for helping you manage any post-op pain (pain relief actually starts while you’re in surgery). Don’t be a martyr, take your meds after surgery.

Patience while waiting for your new boobs

Patience while waiting for your new boobs

Whether it’s patience while you save up the money for your surgery, waiting for your breast implants to drop and fluff, or patience to try on your first bra—patience is probably the most important Boobie Mantra.

Piercings after getting breast implants

Specifically nipple piercings... you can have them before surgery and you can get them after surgery. It's all about timing. And, for safety reasons, you shouldn't keep a nipple piercing in during surgery but you can usually have it put back in straight after your procedure. (Sometimes your surgeon will put it back for you while still under)


PIP (Poly Implant Prothese) Implants were breast implants that posed a huge health hazard because they were being filled with an industrial grade (instead of medical grade) silicone that is meant for use in mattresses.

Plane (Location) of your breast implants

Nope, not the aircraft type of plane! There are four 'planes' (or location) an implant can be placed in the breast, relative to the chest muscle. 

Plane (Location) of your breast implants
  • Sub-muscular - totally behind the chest muscle (unders)

  • Sub-glandular – behind the breast tissue and in front of the chest muscle (overs)

  • Subfascial (also called 'cold-subfascial augmentation') - behind the fascial covering (a sheet of connective tissue made of collagen) of the chest muscle (unders)

  • Dual-plane - partially behind the chest muscle (unders)

Breast Augmentation Post-op instructions

Given to you by your surgeon on how to recover well after surgery – includes things like: take your meds, what not to take, don’t exercise until cleared, don’t lift /drive until cleared etc etc.

Follow your surgeon's post-op instructions for the best results and to minimize the chances of complications.

Post-breast augmentation bras

Some surgeons advise particular post-op bras.  

Every surgeon and every surgery is different (we’re all unique after all!) so make sure you know your post-op bra rules.

Pre-op appointments

The pre-op appointment is your in office visit before your breast augmentation. Also, the consultation you may have prior to surgery to check all’s okay with your health.

breast implant Profiles

Low, moderate, or high (or ultra/extra-high)... implant profile refers to how much it projects forward in side view.

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Ptosis of the breast

AKA 'sagging' or 'drooping'... caused by age, weight loss, pregnancy and/or breastfeeding... ptosis is when the breast tissue starts to sag.

A breast lift, or a breast lift with implants can help to restore fullness and youthfulness to sagging breasts.

Push-up bra

It's a bra you might have relied on before surgery, but the push-up (to create cleavage) bra may still be your friend when you get breast implants.

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Bras after implants are still a great way to get the ‘look’ you want in certain clothes.

queen (feeling like a)

Confidence... quite possibly the best emotional outcome of getting breast implants!

Hailee Stenfield (in the song 'Most Girls') captures this feeling perfectly:

You know some days you feel so good in your own skin
But it's okay if you wanna change the body that you came in
Cause you look greatest when you feel like a damn queen

 So that's the P's and Q's (with no reference to manners whatsoever!) of breast augmentation and breast implants.

Watch this space for your next dose of alphabetical soup and I hope you find the information interesting but most of all, informative!