Recovery Time After Breast Augmentation?
- Asked by megan737 in Chagrin Falls
- 1 year ago
I work as a RN on a pretty busy floor. Wondering how much time I will need to take off from work for a breast augmentation. I'm pretty sure with the research I have done that I will be going under the muscle. Also not trying to get too large of an implant. Just want to be able to fit into clothes better more then anything. The recovery time is a huge part of my decision to do this. I can't afford a 6 week leave from work.
Recovery after Breast Augmentation
Recovery from a breast augmentation is very patient and procedure specific, but we typically find patients are off of pain medication and able to return to work after a long weekend.
We usually allow return to basic activities and desk type work after 3-5 days. We do restrict activities that involve contraction of the pectoralis muscles or any underwater activities for 4 to 6 weeks.
Factors that I find influence recovery is the ratio of the implant size to existing breast tissue. Typically a patient will recover quicker if they place a small implant and have a fair amount of existing breast tissue, compared to someone placing a larger implant with little to no existing breast tissue.
I would recommend consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to perform a physical exam and review your medical history, and surgical goals, such that they can offer you a realistic recovery plan.
I wish you a safe recovery and great result.
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Recovery Time After Breast Augmentation
It usually takes 2 weeks to recover. One can resume most activities in 3 weeks and in 4 weeks for heavy lifting.
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We all vary with our rules but there are a few that I feel are pretty hard nosed. I do not allow patients to do any heavy lifting more than 10-15 pounds for 6 weeks. There are several reasons why this is important. There is an inherent risk of bleeding after creating the pocket for the first few weeks and too much vigorous work can lead to a hematoma. Incisions will not have their strength back until the classic 6 week mark and you do not want to risk an open incision with an implant beneath. I allow moderate cardiac activity after a month as long as there is no bouncing activity of the breasts. If you do not lift heavy at work then you can be back within several days. Realize every patient has a different pain threshold and some take longer than a few days to bounce back.
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Recovery time following a submuscular breast augmentation is variable for all patients. In general expect to need to take pain medication night and day for the first 2 - 3 days then night only for another 2 - 3 days. You will need to avoid activities that make the breast bounce up and down for the first 6 weeks, this includes high impact aerobics and jogging. Lifting is variable and depends upon your comfort level. I have many patients who are nurses and they can reasonable expect to get back to work within a week but may not be moving full speed. If you duties require heavy lifting then, of course, you will need more time off.
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I typically tell my patients to avoid lifting more than 10 lbs for at least 4 weeks, but driving is ok after a week. If you can return to nursing and not have to physically lift patients for that length of time you should be okay. You need to find out from the plastic surgeon who will be performing the surgery what he/she recommends.
Recovery After Breast Augmentation
Most of my patients are comfortable to drive and return to a desk job type activity in a few days after breast augmentation. However, I generally recommend no heavy lifting or strenuous activity (lifting above 15-20 lbs, working out, etc) for 3-4 weeks after augmentation. As a busy RN, you are likely involved with moving patients and heavy lifting. So I would recommend you take off 3-4 weeks if possible. I would clear you to resume activity as tolerated gradually at week 4. Hope this helps.
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Recovery after Breast Augmentation
For patients who have a sub-muscular medium sized implant I usually tell them to get the surgery at the end of the week (Thursday or Friday) and then take that weekend and the next week off. That will give you 9-10 days.You should be able to return to work with just ibuprofen for the pain. You might want to go on a shift where there is not a lot of heavy lifting for several weeks, but otherwise you should be ok. I hope this helps.
Daniel A. Medalie, MD
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Recovery time after augmentation
It depends on how you define recovery. Pain free and not aware you even had an operation? probably 6 weeks. Functional and able to do an office job? within 7 days. I think if you don't have to do heavy lifting at work you will be able to be back relatively soon. Most nurses I know, though, have pretty strict physical requirements that must be signed off on by their surgeon before returning to work.
Recovery Time after Breast Augmentation?
Thank you for the question.
If you are able to avoid heavy lifting you should be able to return to work within 7 days. Otherwise you may have to wait 4 to 6 weeks. As you know, recovery time after any type of operation will vary from one patient to another. Your plastic surgeon will be able to guide you more specifically depending on how you do postoperatively. Generally speaking, I do have to remind my RN patients to be good patients and follow instructions…
You need the "24-hour recovery" breast augmentation! Or is it the "Flash recovery?"
Megan, thanks for all you do to help the doctors in your life treat your patients! I see a fair number of RNs in my breast augmentation practice, and of course want them to have a smooth, complication-free recovery as much as you want to!
So how about one of those "brand-name" "quickie-recovery" breast augmentations? Any clever plastic surgeon (and clever NON-plastic surgeons who call themselves "cosmetic surgeons" and may be Dermatologists or Family Medicine doctors with little or no surgical training and bogus certifications) can come up with a snappy name for their breast augmentation operation as if to imply some proprietary skill, capability, technique, or "Gift from GOD."
No surgeon owns the rights to careful, precise surgical technique which causes minimal swelling, virtually no bruising, truly minimal post-op pain (even with submuscular placement), and good implant selection skills. And no "special" technique can make your tissues heal faster or with stronger tensile strength just because you need to go back to work!
Taking it easy and allowing your tissues to heal without hematoma or seroma, capsular contracture, malposition, etc. should be considered an investment in your final result. (Just consider how much disruption to your work schedule an unanticipated post-op bleed and re-operation would cause!)
Selecting an ABPS-certified plastic surgeon whose work you have seen and whose patients you have talked to will help you determine just how long you need to be off work. I tell my RNs that as long as they do not have to do patient transfers or heavy lifting, they can return to work in a few days. However, many offices and most hospitals require "ability to return to full, unrestricted duty" before allowing RNs to return to work. But even in those circumstances 4 weeks is usually sufficient for most activities, including patient transfers. I would avoid kickboxing or competition bowling for 6 weeks! You catch my drift here, I hope!
For much more information, please read my comprehensive guide to breast augmentation by clicking on the web reference link below. Then, follow your surgeon's advice and reap the rewards of a great result and uncomplicated recovery! Best wishes! Dr. Tholen
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