Your experiences of pain after breast surgery are unique, but there are some things to expect. Like, it's normal to experience some pain immediately after surgery, and to experience discomfort during your recovery. You can expect to start feeling pretty normal a couple of weeks after breast surgery. But then you may just be welcoming a new recovery pain... zingers!
There's no getting around it - breast surgery causes trauma to your nerves and when those nerves are healing, well, you'll know it!
Nerves get stretched by your implant and by swelling, and the signals they send to your brain are disrupted during breast surgery. This is why areas on your breasts and nipples may feel numb after surgery.
A bit like when you sit too long and an area of your body goes to sleep, those disrupted nerves will eventually 'wake up'. And when they wake-up (after swelling has gone down and they're no longer squashed) they start to send little test signals.
All hail the 'zinger'!
The nerve is trying to reconnect with the area it normally supplies sensation to by sending little impulses - which will feel like little electric shocks!
Giving you sharp twitching, or burning sensations.
If an area is numb after breast surgery you can expect (if the nerves aren't damaged) to experience zingers.
If you have no numbness you shouldn’t experience them, and be glad you don't - they kinda hurt!
Good News Hurts
We don't usually like pain but feeling zingers is good news!
Feeling zingers is a positive sign that your nerves are on the road to recovery.
They can be quite intense at first, appearing in the first few weeks after breast surgery. The strongest, longest and most frequent to begin with but usually resolve fully within 3-6 months after your surgery.
Sometimes nerves need a little bit of help remembering how to feel normally so pressure or sensations on the areas can help. So you may find massaging your breasts helps, but be sure to check whether your plastic surgeon permits this.
If any post-surgical pain doesn't get better, or gets worse, always contact your plastic surgeon for advice. With any breast augmentation there is a risk, albeit very small, of change in sensation. Hopefully if you're aware of how nerves heal, you'll be prepared and can have a positive recovery journey :)