Waitressing at three weeks
I clear my patients at four weeks. If you go back at three weeks make sure you are wearing a good supportive sports-type bra and that you keep your arms low while lifting. Good luck!
Limit Lifting to No More Than 15lbs for 4-6 Weeks Following Breast Augmentation
Heavy lifting and
strenuous activity following breast augmentation can result in post-operative
complications. In some cases, heavy lifting can cause bleeding and resultant
hematoma formation. In other cases, heavy lifting can result in implant
displacement with resultant implant malposition.
For these reasons,
limitations are often placed on lifting in the post-operative period. We
generally limit lifting to no more than fifteen pounds for four to six weeks
following breast augmentation. In addition, we stress that patients not lift
their elbows above their shoulders and that they avoid repetitive arm
In the short term,
it may be necessary to make slight modifications in your life style to avoid
complications. Make sure you discuss this issue with your surgeon prior to
proceeding with breast augmentation surgery.
Heavy lifting restrictions after breast implant augmentation surgery
If implants were placed over the muscle I don't see any reason why you could not return to heavy lifting. If placed under the muscle I would consider a 6 week restriction for heavy lifting.
Back to work questions
Congratulations on your surgery and your new look.
Back to work questions can be complicated. There's no strict formula for when it is ok to go back to work. Determinations are made based on some of the following factors:
1. Type of operation
2. Complications post-op
3. Your pain tolerance and narcotic pain medication needs
4. Your job
In my San Francisco area practice people are typically back to work after one or two weeks (usually closer to one week). Because this can be a complex issue make sure you've communicated with your surgeon the type of work you do and what your post-op concerns might be.
I hope this helps!
Lifting after breast augmentation?
Thank you for your question! The "rapid recovery" breast augmentation is a newer philosophy with many surgeons to expedite activity and expedite recovery following the breast augmentation procedure. In my practice, utilizing the fast track technique after breast augmentations, women are readily able and doing most things virtually immediately after this procedure. It is the similar techniques as described and is really gaining popularity. She is even recommended to go out for dinner that evening. Pain is minimal and you will likely be on a scheduled antiinflammatory regimen/pain control along with early exercises/range of motion techniques immediately. However, follow your surgeon's instructions for postoperative care and restrictions, but it is common for most women to resume many of the preoperative activities and duties within a week. I typically restrict heavy lifting >20# and vigorous exercise for approximately 4-6 weeks Swelling and settling of the implant typically occurs over a 6-12 week period along with placement in a compression-type bra for the same time period, while your incisions commonly resolve to its final appearance in up to a year. Hope that this helps! Best wishes for a great result!
Lifting After Breast Augmentation
Each surgeon has his or her guidelines for postoperative care. Generally, you can begin light activity 5 to 7 days post surgery. More strenuous activity can begin as soon as 3 to 6 weeks depending on how you are healing. Consult with your surgeon and follow his or her instruction as he or she knows the scope of the surgery and the specifics about you.
Safer with each passing day
Breast augmentation is a short surgery which is typically performed as an outpatient. I prefer the patients take a week off from work. At that point they can return to work or school, but should refrain from all vigorous physical activity. At 1 month, they can resume cardio type exercises. At 2 months they can lift weights. If you have pain lifting 40 lbs, it is definitely too much for you at that time. Listen to your body!
May be too soon, but talk to your surgeon for their advice
In my opinion, it may be too early for you to return to work considering the amount of upper body strength you'll need to perform your tasks. Recovery guidelines vary according to the surgeon, that's why it's best to ask your surgeon for their advice. It also depends on what you'd like to do. Generally, I recommend patients wait 5-7 days before returning to sedentary work, and 3 weeks before resuming cardiovascular exercise. You should wait 6 weeks before resuming upper body strength training and heavy lifting. Your results can be assessed at 3-4 months.
Lifting after a breast augmentation
We allow up to 20 pounds during the first 2 weeks, and then slowly increase after that so that by one month you can lift as tolerated. I think for safety sake I might say to make a more frequent run and have the trays filled a little less since it will be a good amount of weight in a static position on only one side. I would say 4 week is better if you can do it while doing the lighter tray before.
In my practice, I allow you to lift as much as you like as of one month post op but no more than 15 pounds for that whole first month. Best of luck.