How is Recovery After a Breast Lift and Implants?
- Asked by toryc22
- 1 year ago
I'm having a lift and aug in a few days and am a hairstylist, so I want to know what to expect as far as a discomfort level and return to work. My doc told me a week and come back light, just wanna know that's long enough.
Activities after a breast augmentation
The only activities I would restrict a patient to after a breast augmentation would be not to lift greater than 20 pounds and avoid activities where the breasts bounce up and down for 6 weeks. Atlanta Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Z
Breast lift and augmentation post op pain
I think your doctor is right on course with the recommendations especially considering he knows your situation and body type.
The breast lift causes very little pain. Even with larger breast reduction patients do not experience much pain post op for the most part. I have done many thousands of these so I can tell you with a good deal of certainty that the patient with a breast lift or breast reduction that has a lot of pain post op is the exception.
Now the augmentation part of your case is different. If your doctor is placing the implants under the muscle (my preference), then the muscle takes time to adjust to the new stretch and tries to get back to the chest wall. This does cause post op pain that should be treated with pain meds as needed.
Your doctor has given you good advice but of course you have to consider that pain and discomfort is variable from patient to patient.
Recovery after a breast lift and implants
Recovery after a breast lift and implant surgery is a little more recovery than after just implant surgery. Breast implant surgery recovery or breast enhancement surgery recovery is essentially a 24 hour recovery, back to light activity, with a shower the same day of surgery. In my practice, no restrictive bra or dressing is necessary after a breast augmentation. The breast lift would mean that the patient would not shower for one to two days after surgery. There is a little more discomfort with the combination of a breast lift with implants rather than an isolated breast implant surgery.
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Return to work after breast augmentation and lift
Unfortunately, you do not describe the type of lift you are having. These can vary from around the nipple to a lollipop or boat anchor incisions. Also, you do not describe whether the implants will be placed in front of or behind the muscle. Implants behind the muscle hurt longer and stretching of the muscles can aggravate the pain. Usually 1 one week would be enough to get you back to light duty or 4 weeks to be completely back to normal.
Best of Luck,
Gary Horndeski, M.D.
Web reference: http://www.horndeski.com/breast-lift.aspx
With sub muscular implant placement, I recommend about one week off from light duty work. However when it comes to upper body exercise , I recommend a full 6 weeks off, to allow the muscles to settle and heal.
Is a week of recovery enough following breast augmentation and breast lifting to return to work as a hairstylist?
Most of my patients return to work one week following breast augmentation and breast lifting. While different factors to affect the recovery including the size of the implant, the type of lifting, tightness of the skin envelope and the patient's own discomfort threshold, a week is usually sufficient time for recovery even for returning to work as a hairstylist.
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Recovery from breast augmentation and breast lift
Recovery will be about a week but this will depend on the type of breast augmentation, the size of the implant, how the surgery was performed, and on each patient. If the implant is placed under the muscle this will be the biggest component of your recovery as breast augmentation on top of the muscle as well as the breast lift procedure have relatively quick recovery periods.
All the best,
Dr Remus Repta
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Recovery After Breast Implants
Usually we recommend for patients to put a week away from work so that they can rest at home, and get used to doing the activities of daily life around the house. With hairdressing, I'd imagine that your arms and shoulders will be fairly active during your work. So, I'd recommend returning to work with only minimal requirements after the first week. Following two postoperative weeks, you can increase your level of physical activity, in work and recreation. Also, don't forget that your surgeon may prescribe a postoperative exercise regimen, which must be followed. Best to follow his/her instructions, and things will work out for the best. Good luck.
Hairstyling after breast augmentation and lift
A week is a reasonable amount of time to return to work after breast augmentation and lift. I have my patients wear a good support bra, i.e. sports bra, for 6 weeks, but only limit their activity to what is comfortable and progress as tolerated by comfort. Good luck!
Web reference: http://francisnyplasticsurgery.com/breast_aug.asp
Return to work after breast lift with Implants
In my practice I recommend 5-7 days of rest. You could drive after that time. Usually the first 3 days are the most difficult from a pain and discomfort stand point. You can return to work at I week but no heavy lifting. So for the first 2 weeks you can not raise your arms above your shoulders. After that you should be able to return to your specific work. At 4 weeks gradual return to light exercise and 6 weeks back to normal activity.
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