Recovery Time for Breast Implants to Go on Vacation?
- Asked 2 years ago
If I get breast implants on a Thursday, will I be able to go on Vacation by the following Friday? I was unsure of the recovery time because one friend was ok to go back to work in a day, while another one took three weeks. Your advice is appreciated.
Breast Augmentation Surgery
Thank you for your question. Congratulations on your planned operation and vacation. As you have seen with your friend's experiences, every patient is different. I would certainly not plan on strenuous activity (water skiing or scuba diving) 8 days after your surgery. You may have to clear specific activities planned with your plastic surgeon.
Vacation after breast augmentation
It depends entirely on what you have planned for your vacation. If you are planning on driving 2 hours to a nice resort and catching up on your reading and embroidery, go for it. If you are planning on flying to Greece for a week of stand up paddle board yoga, forget it. You should discuss this with your surgeon prior to making any reservations!
Recovery time following breast augmentation varies from patient to patient. The most important variable is you – are you healthy? How have you recovered from surgery in the past? Do you have a high tolerance for pain?
Healthy patients not only recover faster but also have fewer complications. Breast augmentation involving placement of implants can be performed placing the implant on top of the pectoralis muscle under the breast gland termed subglandular. This generally has a faster recovery with less discomfort because the muscle is not disturbed by the procedure. Not all patients are candidates for this procedure. In those cases where the procedure is performed by placing the implant under the pectoralis muscle the recovery will usually be a few days longer. I tell patients that they will use pain medications for the first few days and usually be off them by 4-6 days at which time they can go back to light activities which do not cause pain, raise their heart rate or cause sweating. For more sedentary jobs they can return to work at one week. If you are more physically active at work we recommend two weeks. The lingering part of your recovery is easy fatigability. This can take 2-3 weeks to go away less if you are in good physical shape and exercise regularly.
When planning your surgery and vacation be realistic. It won’t be much fun if you are still uncomfortable and cannot participate in activities. Also, if something should go wrong who will see you if you have a problem and are away from your Plastic Surgeon. Make sure you discuss this with your Surgeon and have all your questions answered.
Best of luck,
Dean Johnston, MD FACS
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Breast Augmentation Recovery
Breast Augmentation is outpatient surgery. After surgery, you may experience some soreness that should be easily managed with one-two pain pills every 6 hours. Usually, my patients do not require pain medications beyond 2-3 days. After surgery you will have swelling in the upper pole of your breast. This swelling resolves over 2-3 weeks. I recommend no heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 3-4 weeks after surgery. Usually, 24-48 hrs after surgery, most patients feel comfortable doing regular daily activities (minus any heavy lifting or strenuous activity). After 3-4 weeks from the date of your surgery, I clear patients to resume activity as tolerated.
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Vacation schedule and breast augmentation
Briefly, there are 2 concerns: 1) Problems with the healing phase or late bleeding- and therefore not having access to your surgeon. 2) Long travel-sitting for extended hours in a plane or car- increasing the chance of a blood clot in the legs after an anesthetic/surgical procedure. Fortunately this is much less common with breast augmentation, in contrast to procedures such as an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). Be sure to discuss these issues with your surgeon well in advance of your surgery.
You did not specify if you will be going out of the country or staying in the States. Under normal circumstances I would say that recovery is adequate for non-vacationers, however, in cases of vacations, unless they are not too remote, I would err on the safe side. Not only would activities be limited, but what if you experienced a post-operative complication and could not reach a doctor. I typically advise my patients to wait one month if they are going out of the country regardless. If they are just going to the beach and laying low so-to-speak, and are near an accredited medical facility, I would be ok with two weeks out.
Recovery Time After Breast Augmentation
Allowing yourself one week to recover is usually ample time to resume 'routine' activities following a breast augmentation. If the implants are placed in the subglandular position, your recovery should be more rapid than if they are placed under the muscle. Keep in mind, that you may be able to go on vacation, your plastic surgeon is likely to give you activity limitations including no heavy lifting or brisk exercise. Hopefully your vacation plans involve relaxation and recovery. Enjoy your trip!
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