I'm thinking about having another breast augmentation. If I do surgery on Friday, can I go back to work on Monday?
Breast Augmentation Recovery Within 3 Days?
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Recovery from breast augmentation
3 days of recovery is not much. over the muscle insertion will be more comfortable in the first few days.
if your work is not physical, you won t create and injury but you just might not feel good enough to do your job.
It is important to allow your body to rest and heal. My patients are required to take one week off of work.
Breast augmentattion recovery usually takes more than three days to recover. Depending on the location of the breast implant and overall pain threshold of each patient, the recovery is 1-2 weeks
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Recovery after a breast augmentation
Going back to work 3 days after a breast augmentation can be done depending on the intensity of your job. I would recommend avoiding any heavy lifting for 2 weeks, but if you do mostly computer work, for example, this would be fine. Considering it's your second augmentation, the pain will most likely be a lot less. Good luck!
Web reference: http://www.DrSchreiberPlasticSurgery.com
Back to work in 24 to 48 hours from a breast augmentation
#1 Most of my patients (95%) never take pain meds for this operation. We are able to make this happen by putting in a large amount of long lasting local anesthesia at the end of the surgery.
#2 Most patients are capable of returning to a desk job in 24 to 48 hours, however for an initial first time case, I typically recommend surgery on a Wednesday, to allow a long weekend and then return to work on Monday.
#3 In an implant exchange, which is what I assume you are having, the return to work time should be no more than 24 to 48 hours.
Each patient, and each situation is different and all of this is subject to change. Discuss your concerns with your physician.
Redo Breast augmentation recovery within 3 days?
Depends on 2 factors: The extent of surgery and the type of work you do.
If the surgery entailed a lot of dissection or taking an old capsule out, the recovery may be longer, although not as long as the first procedure. If it is just a simple replacement of implants with minimal or no dissection, the only concern is the incision, and that usually is not a big concern.
If you have a sedentary occupation and minimal dissection, 3 days may be enough. If, however, you have a very physically demanding occupation, you might want to wait out a few days to avoid unnecessary trauma to the incision.
A quicker recovery is also helped by the right kind of anesthesia. see link below about the use of sedation only for breast augmentation.
Breast augmentation recovery
The vast majority of patients can recover from breast augmentation within three days, provided their work doesn't involve heavy lifting. Most patients who do office work for example, and have surgery on a Friday can return to work by Monday as they are usually off the narcotic pain medication within 72 hours. There are exceptions to this of course and some patients may need a few additional days of pain medication before they feel comfortable returning to work.
Strenuous activity or heavy lifting should be avoided for about 4-6 weeks after surgery.
3-Day Breast Augmentation Recovery Realistic - With the Right Surgeon
In my practice, patients are back exercising, working and living their lives in 48 hours. No massage is needed. Nor are special special garments or bandages required. Generally, simple Ibuprofen suffices to manage pain. Most patients are able to comfortably lift their arms in the recovery area.
I always advise patients to "listen to their bodies." Unless your job is very physical and there are no extraordinary circumstances surrounding the exchange/augmentation, you should be back to work in three days.
One final note - this kind of healthy and expedited recovery should be expected only from board-certified plastic surgeons with a particular expertise in breast surgery. As an example, I perform many cosmetic surgeries every week - augmentation, exchange, revision and lifts, as well as breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy. Because my expertise is breast surgery, my technique is very precise. That translates into expeditious recovery times for patients. As always, select your surgeon with care. Ask questions and be sure he or she offers a depth of experience AND demonstrated results in cosmetic breast surgery.
Web reference: http://www.stillwaterplasticsurgery.com/faqs/after-surgery/
It really depends on a few factors. Adequate pain control is likely the most important. Individual pain tolerance differs greatly. I find that women who have had children generally have less post-op pain, as they have a much higher pain tolerance. From a surgical point of view, there are several things the surgeon/anaesthesiologist can do to decrease your post-op pain.
I generally perform breast blocks prior to making any incisions with a mix of short- and long-acting local anaesthetics. I have found this greatly reduces post-op pain. I also encourage patients to take the prescribed pain killers regularly every 4 hours especially for the first 24-48 hours. If you don't stay on top of the pain in the immediate post-operative period, it is extremely difficult to "catch-up". Most of my patients experience very little post-op pain after breast augmentation.
Of course, the type of augmentation you have will also determine your post-operative discomfort. Larger implants, and subpectoral implant placement will also increase post-op discomfort. This doesn't mean you shouldn't get large implants, or place them under the muscle - you simply need to know what to expect. Many women also experience difficulty with sleeping in the first few weeks after augmentation due to the weight of the implants on their chest. This is more significant in back-sleepers.
To answer your question about time off work, my experience has been that there is a huge range. I have patients that go back to work the next day (against my advice), and I have had patients take as much as 2 weeks off of work. It really depends on what you do for work, and how you feel. As for taking care of your kids, if your implant is placed under the muscle, it will be a few weeks before you feel comfortable enough to pick them up.
As for scars, I tell patients it will take a year to see the absolute final result. Practically, however, by 3-6 months the scar will be very close to the final result. I suggest 3M paper taping, and have a specific scar massage protocol I use to help speed scar resolution.
I hope this helps. Good luck!
Weekend recovery after breast augmentation
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