How Long After my Augmentation Before I Can Drive a Car (Local Errands, Not a Long Trip)?

I had BA three days ago, and feel fortunate -- I have not needed any painkillers of any kind, and feel great. Quite perky and still swollen, but virtually pain free. I will follow doctors advice and refrain from exercise for three weeks (which will be hard!!), but since I feel so good, and have full range of motion in my arms without any pain, when can I drive my car for short errands? Many thanks.

Doctor Answers (23)

Driving after a Breast Augmentation

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Hello and thank you for the question.

In general, I have my patients wait no less than 7 days before I allow them to drive. At that time they must be off narcotic pain medications as well as any other medications which may impair their driving. I recommend you follow up with your surgeon and follow his/her recommendations on this matter.

Best,

Glenn Vallecillos, M.D., F.A.C.S.


Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Car driving after augmentation

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I usually allow patients to drive about 10 days to two weeks after augmentation. Sudden jerky movements can cause problems.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

A week

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A week should give you enough time to recover enough before you start driving again. Just make sure you don't strain yourself when opening or closing the car door. 

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Thank you for the question! Certainly, discuss this with your plastic surgeon, as answers will vary among surgeons. I typically say that whenever you are not taking narcotic pain medications and when you feel like you are strong enough to turn the steering wheel suddenly if needed, then you may resume driving. If you meet those requirements, take short trips around your block with somebody and see how you do. Best wishes!

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I recommend asking your plastic surgeon this question. My main criterion for driving is for my patient to be off of narcotic pain medication. Pain is very subjective and every patient has a different pain threshold so slapping a 5 day or 7 day restriction on driving doesn't make a lot of common sense.

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Congrats on your recovery.  Ask your surgeon about his/her recommendations for local driving. I generally clear my patients to drive locally once they are no longer needed pain pills.  

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