I am a waitress so I am constantly walking & moving around. I work at a very fast pace restaurant where we do not get many breaks...My job also requires me to lift things such as trays, tubs full of dishes, ice buckets, & also I have to mop. I'm pretty sure I can get someone to help me out when I return to work so that I won't have to do all of that since I know it will be a while before I can lift. I was thinking maybe 5 days off...Would you recommend that or should I get more time off?
How Long After Breast Augmentation Can I Go Back to Work?
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Returning Back To Work After Breast Augmentation
Dear Momof 2beauties, The first rule to know about returning back to work is that there are no clear rules. Every patient heals differently and every job has it own unique requirements. Therefore, much of what has been written so far are generalizations. In my practice, most servers can return back to performing light duty in 5 to 7 days with delaying the heavier lifting activities until 3-4 weeks after surgery. Some patients move a bit quicker in the process and some move a bit slower. Of course, it is best if you discuss this with your plastic surgeon and your work supervisors before your surgery to minimize any surprises. Hope this helps and best of luck.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
I will clear my patients to start exercise as tolerated or resume heavy lifting in 3-4 weeks after their surgery *gradually* The key word here is gradually. This means to slowly resume your exercise routines and advance in a step by step fashion. Please talk to your PS about his/her specific recommendations. Best wishes.
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Recovery following breast augmentation
Recovery following breast augmentation surgery will vary from patient to patient. Pain thresholds, the pocket used and the patient's job will all influence discussions regarding return to work. I always like to be safe and cautious on behalf of my patients and therefore I always recommend a 'worse case scenario' rather than the best case scenario. Generally speaking this will range between 1-2 weeks.
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When can I return to work waiting tables?
Patients who have a desk job can typically go back to work in 4-5 days with restrictions. Waiting tables is a much more physical job and I understand your finances depend on tips, so I think taking anywhere from 5-7 days off will suffice being that you are restricted in server responsibilities with light side work. No reaching above your shoulders for glasses, etc for about 2 weeks, no lifting of anything 15lbs or heavier for 3-4 weeks and gradually working it back in. Listen to your body, if it still hurts, don't do it for another week. Take more trips to bring out food, etc. You will feel fine after a few days so you have to remind yourself that you just had surgery and don't want to cause any complications and possible revisionary surgery by going back to strenuous work too soon. ac
Time Off Wirk After a Breast Augmentation
A lot depends on where the implant is placed. If it is placed under the muscle, then more time off will be required before returning to lifting heavy objects and loading your upper body. The situation you described may require up to a week off, but you may need help with anything over 10-15 pounds for another 3-4 weeks. If placed over the muscle (under the breast), the recovery may be much shorter.
Returning to work after breast augmentation
Many of my breast augmentation patients could return to waiting tables in 1 week if they do not have to lift much. From the way you describe your work I would recommend at least 2 weeks.
Time off after breast augmentation
Time off after breast augmentation varies among surgeons and even among patients within an individual surgeon's practice - this is best discussed with your surgeon of choice.
Returne to work at the discretion of your surgeon.
Most waitresses can return to work in about two weeks after breast augmentation. This is variable however in depends upon the progress of convalescence as well as the specifics of the job.
Work after breast augmentation
Waiting tables is a very vigorous job. I have patients wait a few days to a week to go back to desk work, but tell them to avoid heavy lifting for up to 6 weeks. If you do not have to lift heavy trays it might be sooner .
Its important to take enough time off work after breast augmentation
It is very important to take enough time off of work after breast augmentation to allow tissues to heal and the capsules to form properly. I think the temptation is to minimize breast augmentation surgery and make people feel like it is just a small thing, and we are great surgeons who can get them back to normal life the next day, or even the next week. The truth is that it is real surgery, we really cut muscles and other tissues to do it, those tissues can bleed or form scar tissue or get infected, and premature return to activity increases the chances that one of those things will happen. Just last week I was covering for a colleague who was out of town, and his office called with a patient who was 10 days out from breast augmentation and noticed sudden swelling and pain in her left breast after shampooing her own hair the night before. The original surgery itself was done well, but she used too much force on her muscle, or stretched it a bit too much just washing her hair, and it started bleeding. We took her back to surgery that day and removed some blood from around the implant. This is an usual occurrence, but I tell you about it because it points out the need to protect the tissues while they are in the early stages of healing. Anyone with a strenuous or physically demanding job, including mopping, lifting, pushing, overhead reaching, and the like should take special care. This includes people in jobs like waitresses/servers, hairstylists, nurses, military and police personnel, warehouse and retail workers, production line workers, and exotic dancers. If you have a strenuous job like that, you should take at least a full week off of work, and then when you return from that you should be on modified, or light duties in which you can avoid those types of activities that put a strain on your chest muscles, for at least another 2 - 3 weeks. For instance, servers can do hostessing or taking orders with helpers carrying trays and bussing tables so that they don't have to lift or reach. I know this may sound like overkill to some, but the reality is that hematomas, or bleeding around implants, can, and does, happen even 3 or 4 weeks after surgery. I know, because I have seen it more than once. Many people do fine with return to activity sooner, but in my opinion, they are tempting fate, and risking something like this happening. These guidelines apply mainly to submuscular placement of implants, and I would expect those time frames to be reduced by about a week or so if the implants are above the muscle. They are also MY guidelines, and your own surgeon may have his or her own guidelines based on his or her experience. Check with your surgeon first before finalizing your work schedule. Good luck.
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