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?


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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    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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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!

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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: -- Dr. Sayed Visit us at Email us at [email protected] Call us at 1-858-24SAYED (1-858-247-2933) Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @timsayedmd

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