Breast Augmentation and Reduction. How Long Should I Take Off?

I am planning on getting a breast reduction on one side and a silicone implant on the other. Right now I work at a very physical place where I bend over, lift 25 pounds +, and I am on my feet 8 hours a day. How long should I take off since I am getting two different things done. The less time, the better.

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Time off work post breast surgery

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To start light duties, patients generally can return in 5 to 7 days. For more physically demanding jobs, it may 3 to 6 weeks. Consult with your surgeon as he or she understands the scope of the surgery and the specifics about you.  

West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Returning to work after breast surgery.

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 After breast surgery returning to work may depend on the type of work that you perform. Patients who have sedentary jobs such as office workers generally return to work in 7 to 10 days. Patients with more active jobs such as warehouse, housekeeping and more strenuous activities may require additional time. The important thing to remember is that you should avoid any heavy lifting pushing or pulling for approximately 6 weeks after surgery. We define heavy as being anything over 10 pounds in my practice or the weight of a gallon of water. Recovery, times will vary from patient to patient and you should discuss this with your plastic surgeon at the time of your consultation.

Cosmetic Surgery is an Art and a Science

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Thank you for the question. Typically patients take a week off to recover from breast surgery. Sometimes limited return to work can be advised if you have to lift too much. Discuss this with your surgeon before surgery so you can better plan. Best Wishes  Thomas Narsete, M.D. Austin, Texas

Return to work after breast surgery

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You should discuss this question in detail with your surgeon.  I generally ask my patients to refrain from heavy work for 6 weeks.  Patients can return to desk work or light duty within a few days.

Naveen Setty, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction and Time Off Work

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Following a breast augmentation and breast reduction, a patient should avoid lifting 25 lbs or greater for at least three weeks.  Although patients recover at different rates, most patients can return to a desk type of job in 7 to 10 days.  Best wishes.

Vincent D. Lepore, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 63 reviews

Return to Work after Breast Surgery?

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Your plastic surgeon will be your best resource when it comes to returning to specific activities. Remember, that your plastic surgeon knows exactly what was done, how you are progressing ( with or without complications),  knows more precisely what you are planning on doing when it comes to activities, and is ultimately responsible for your care.
 Receiving advice online in this regard may be confusing or worse.
 Best wishes; hopefully you'll be very pleased with the outcome of surgery.

Breast Augmentation and Reduction. How Long Should I Take Off?

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About four weeks  seems reasonable given your description of your work. If there is a possibility of light duty, a week would be sufficient. 

As always your surgeon is a superior resource for questions like this!

All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon

Breast augmentation

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In my practice patients are instructed to limit aerobic activity for 3-4 weeks and heavy exertion for 6-8 weeks. They can go back to desk type work after a few days in most cases.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Breast Augmentation and Reduction and Lifting at the Job

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   I would recommend at least 4 weeks, if not six, depending upon the exact nature of the surgery and your postoperative course.  With a more strenuous job, I would ask to do something less strenuous for the first few weeks of recovery.  In a sedentary job, you could probably go back in 7 days or so.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Take Time to Recover

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Hopefully, you have discussed this with your Plastic Surgeon.  You should avoid heavy lifting for 4 to 6 weeks.  Consider asking your employer if you can have light duty during the healing time.  Most patients go back to work in 1 to 2 weeks, depending on their job duties.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 61 reviews

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