Recovery Time from a Breast Augmentation

I am thinking about having a breast augmentation but am worried that I will have to take too many days off of work.  How much work should I expect to miss and what type of recovery should I expect?

user1204264

F, 28, New Jersey

Hi user1204264,

Thanks for your question!  Every doc's recommendations are different, but i use Exparel which is a long acting local anesthetic that minimizes the need for narcotics postop.

Typically, patients can return to work within 2-3 days when they no longer need the narcotic.  Patients cannot lift more than 5 lbs for 4wks.  You can do lower body exercise in 2 weeks.

Hope that helps,

Dr. Horowitz

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I recommend that patients plan for 5-7 days off of work.  Depending on your work responsibilities (working requiring upper arm repetitive movements like hanging wall paper), more time maybe necessary.  The skin incisions are usually sore for a few days.  The muscle spasms related to the pec muscles seem to be the area of major pain and discomfort after breast augmentation.

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Hi-

    I generally recommend patients take a week off of work to allow time to heal. You will likely feel sore for a few weeks after the operation and shouldn't do any aggressive exercise for 4-6 weeks. If you do a lot of lifting with your arms at your job you may need to be out a few days longer. Good Luck!!

Depending on the type of work that you do, I recommend 4-7 days off. First two days are quite uncomfortable then it gets much better rapidly. Everyone is different and has different reactions to same surgery. Hope this helps.

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5 to 7 days is reasonable

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Generally I have my patients do nothing for the first 4 or 5 days.Wear a bra 24/7.After  5 days let comfort  be  your  guide.After  4 weks you can pretty much do anything.Ice early on helps unless I do fat grafting . Blessings.Dr.Brueck 

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Hi there.  It kind of depends upon the type of work that you do. Routinely a patient should refrain from work 7-10 days. If your work duties are very physical then you may need to avoid working for 2-3. Weeks if possible.  

Good luck

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Most patients with clerical jobs can return to work after one week, perhaps sooner, depending on the type of augmentation procedure. If you are a candidate for subglandular implants, the recovery process is much faster than with submuscular implants. However, there are some situations where subglandular implants will not work, for example; if you’ve had surgery for breast cancer.

After your surgical procedure, expect to be sent home with your breasts wrapped in bandages and a special support bra. You will need to wear this bra 24 hours a day for the first few days post-op. Depending on how well you’re doing by the time of your follow-up visit a few days after surgery, your doctor may choose to alter your recovery plan.

Recovery time from cosmetic surgery, such as a breast augmentation, depends on a number of factors. Every woman is different, and no two recovery processes will be identical. With that in mind, here is a general overview of what to expect from your recovery experience.

How long should you expect to be off work

Expect to be off work for two weeks following your surgery, although many women can return to their jobs in as little as one week. Much depends on the type of work you do. For instance, if you work in an office you’ll probably be able to return to work sooner than if you have a job that requires a lot of heavy lifting.

The method your surgeon uses to place your implant also affects recovery time. Subglandular implants (placed under the breast tissue but above the chest muscles) have a shorter recovery period than submuscular implants (placed under the pectoral muscles). Patients who opt for subglandular implants often resume normal activities within a few days, while those who choose submuscular implants may need weeks to fully recover.

What to expect during recovery

First day: You’ll be in a fair amount of pain once the anesthetic wears off. Take prescription or non-prescription pain relievers as instructed by your doctor. After you’ve been cleared to leave the recovery room you should rest and refrain from all physical activity. Your breasts will be wrapped in special bandages and you’ll likely have bruising and swelling. Many women also experience nausea. You will be provided with medication to help with this as well.

Day 2 to 10: Your pain will gradually improve over the first week following surgery, but you will need to avoid heavy exercise or lifting anything weighing more than eight pounds, particularly if you have submuscular breast implants. At this point you will begin displacement exercises to help the implants settle into a natural look.

If you have a desk job where you aren’t required to do any heavy lifting or reach above your head, you should probably be able to return to work after one week post-surgery.

Day 10 to 14: By this point it’s usually safe to start incorporating some light activities into your days, although you’ll still need to refrain from anything too strenuous. Therefore, should you have a physically demanding job, your plastic surgeon will keep you off work until the end of this 14 day period. You should wear the surgical bra your surgeon recommends to maintain proper support for your new breasts.

Two to three weeks: You must continue the displacement exercises and can safely increase your level of physical activity. However, most doctors will still restrict upper body workouts. Pain from the breast surgery should also resolve during this time.

Four to six weeks: At this point you should have recovered from surgery and be able to resume your full exercise routine. Your implants will start to settle into their permanent position and you should be able to see the final results of your breast augmentation. You can also resume wearing your regular or push-up bras at this time.

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Depends on what type of work you do. Light activity may be resumed in 1-2 weeks. More strenuous activity may require 4-6 weeks

In our practice, simple augmentation is rapidly recovered from. most individuals are able to resume reasonable work/function in as little as 3-4 days. We have nurses in our office who have returned to work in as little as 3 days.

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Initial recovery is 48/72 hours. It is an outpatient procedures.

It depends on the type of work that you do. Sedentary jobs such as desk jobs obviously a lot less time off work. Most people take pain medication for 1 to 3 days and could return to a sedentary job in three days. A job with major physical activity may require a couple of weeks

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It will depend on surgeon technique

Most of my patients return to work in 2-5 days depending on the type of work they do

I'm able to achieve such recovery time because in many cases I do not use general anesthesia and use my own formula of tumescent anesthesia. As a result patients recover faster, starting from the end of the surgery.

The approach to accessing the breast to create the space to place the implant also makes a difference in recovery

Best wishes for you and may The Lord bless you!

Thank you for the question. Breast augmentation recovery is typically between 2-5 days to go back to work and up to 4 -6 weeks to work out or carry / lift heavy weights. The pain is controlled with narcotics for 3 days and then it can be managed with Tylenol. I usually operate on Friday and my patients see me back in the office on Monday and return to work on Tuesday or Wednesday. 

Best of luck!

Dr. Khuthaila 

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How much time you'll need to take off from work is something you should discuss with your doctor. Generally speaking, most recommend a week off of work. Much depends upon the type of work you do. Any type of lifting needs to be avoided for weeks following breast augmentation so some occupations may require a longer recovery period.

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Hi there! Did you already schedule a consultation and/or surgery? The short answer to your question is that it depends on your type of work. Patients who have jobs that involve lifting, stooping, carrying heavy items or significant physical labor are advised to take 2-3 weeks off to allow full incision healing. Patients with desk/clerical and other professional jobs that don't involve heavy labor can often return to work in a week or so although some may still be taking postop pain medications so individual recommendations may vary. More info is available here: http://www.timsayedmd.com/breast-plastic-surgery-newport-beach/breast-augmentation/ -- Dr. Sayed Visit us at http://www.timsayedmd.com Email us at info@timsayedmd.com Call us at 1-858-24SAYED (1-858-247-2933) Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @timsayedmd

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