Breast augmentation surgery involves pain and discomfort during recovery. However, plastic surgeons have come up with different techniques to shorten the healing time and reduce soreness and other postoperative symptoms.
One possible way to shorten the recovery is Botox injection; plastic surgeons use this treatment “off-label” to encourage the pec muscle to relax and allow the high-riding breast implants to settle downward quicker.
“Off-label” means using a treatment or drug beyond its real purpose. For instance, Botox has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to remove certain types of facial wrinkles and address muscle spasm, although some doctors use it to encourage the implants to settle quicker into their natural position.
After breast augmentation surgery, it is normal for the implants to appear unusually high off the chest wall. This appearance generally lasts two months, although some women have to wait for as long as four months, as it takes time for the implants to drop and settle to a more natural place.
By relaxing the chest muscle, advocates of Botox believe the treatment can also speed up the recovery of patients. And because the muscle is partially paralyzed, they also claim that there is less spasm and pain.
Crampy spasm following breast implants surgery commonly lasts several weeks or even months for some patients.
However, patients should realize that not all doctors recommend Botox injection to shorten the recovery after breast augmentation. This is because other postoperative procedures have also been proven effective in minimizing pain and discomfort, and encouraging quicker healing.
For instance, some doctors recommend breast massage with compression exercise which can lead to faster recovery and encourage the implants to settle more naturally. But when doing the procedure, patients should do this carefully and should avoid pinching the shell as it may affect the stability of the device.