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How Long a Recovery Before Giving Massages?

I am a massage therapist. I'm wondering how quickly I could go back to work after a breast lift and augmentation.

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Returning to work after surgery

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Because of the type of work you do, you probably want to wait 4-6 weeks after surgery to return to work.  You will want to do progress gradually, so you may want to begin with some stretching a week or so before to see how you feel.  Your plastic surgeon is best qualified to give you a more specific answer.

Katy Plastic Surgeon
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Activity allowed after breast augmentation ...

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Honestly, this question is best answered by the surgeon that performed your procedure because there are many different styles of practice and beliefs.

 

Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery after breast augmentation and lift

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As a massage therapist, your work involves strenuous activity.  I generally advise patients to avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 4 weeks after surgery. You need to give time for your incisions to heal.  Please ask your PS what his/her recommendations are since he/she is most familiar with your procedure.  Best of luck!

Dr. Basu

Houston, TX

Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Giving Massages after breast surgery

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I would recommend 4-6 weeks before giving any deep tissue massage post breast augmentation if it is performed under the muscle.  If an augmentation is performed over the muscle then 3-4 weeks would be sufficient.  Main thing to consider is performing deep tissue (or any aggressive massage) requires quite a bit of pectoralis muscle use and we want to avoid this for the first 4-6 weeks.  Perhaps you can modify your massages for the first several weeks post surgery.  Good luck to you!

 

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Returned to Massage Therapy after Breast Surgery?

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Thank you for the question.

As you know, massage therapy involves significant use of the arms and (probably) the pectoralis muscles. Therefore, I recommend my patients take a longer period of time off work,  than patients who returned to a desk job. You may need at least 3-4 weeks off before returning to massage therapy.

Your plastic surgeon will be able to guide you best depending on how your recovery is progressing.

Best wishes.

 

Web reference: http://www.poustiplasticsurgery.com/Procedures/Procedure_breastLiftAug.htm

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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