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What is the usual recovery time after breast implants and when can you resume physical labor?

I will be moving in February and when I now my job will be to ride young horses. I really would like to get my breasts done before I go but I was curious as to how long the recovery would be before I could start riding?

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recovery goes in stages. the first few day are usually a little painful depending on your prior surgical hx. Some patients have no pain and most have gradually decreasing pain almost gone by 2 weeks. then you enter the long stage of healing which is around 3 months during which time your implants will settle

Miami Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery time after breast augmentation

Recovery time will vary based on the specifics of your surgery, but an estimate is around 6 weeks after the procedure.  You want to make sure that you wear a good supportive bra to keep bouncing to a minimum.

Mennen T. Gallas, MD
Katy Plastic Surgeon
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Breast augmentation Recovery

What a fun job! With your particular job, it will be important to place your implants behind the pec muscle so that your implants will be well supported. I would advise you to avoid riding horses and bouncing type activites for 4 weeks. Best wishes!

Holly Casey Wall, MD, FACS
Shreveport Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery after breast augmentation varies from patient to patient. In my practice most of patients return to normal, non strenuous activity, within 2-4 days and increase activity over time. I don't recommend any activity were you are jumping or bouncing, like horseback riding,  for at least 3-4 weeks.

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Every surgeon will have slightly different instructions. 

I recommend resumption of non-strenuous activity about 2-3 weeks after surgery.  I think if you wait until 6 weeks after surgery to resume strenuous activity or high impact activity, you will limit your rate of complications.

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Thank you for the question.

In all cases, total recovery can take from 4-12 weeks. For breast augmentation, it's advisable for the patient o start integrating activities after the second week. Always follow your PS post op instructions.

Dr. Campos

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Wait 3-4 weeks to ride horses after breast augmentation


Thank you for your question.  Generally speaking I recommend the my patients wait 3-4 weeks after breast augmentation before riding horses.  However it is dependent on how you feel and the type of breast augmentation that was done.

If you have breast implants placed under the muscle, sub-muscular breast augmentation, you should expect some discomfort when using your chest muscles when raining the horses.  Recovery from breast implants placed beneath the breast is generally less

.The most important thing is to follow the advice of your plastic surgeon.  Please choose a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, who is experienced in breast implant surgery, and has an excellent reputation in your community.

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In our practice, we restrict activities like horse back riding for six weeks after breast augmentation in order to allow adequate healing and avoid long term complications.

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When to start riding

Activities of daily living can begin 48 hours after a breast augmentation in our practice.  However, horseback riding is not an ADL and the horse may act at times unpredictably.  Large dog walking can also be a concern, so for these types of activities I recommend 1 month.

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