What Harm Could Be Done by Lifting a Child a Week After Breast Augmentation/mastopexy?

I had a breast augmentation (saline)/mastopexy (lollipop) done 1 week ago (no drains). I have a 1.5 yr old and a 3 yr old. Both about 30 lbs. I have had help with them and haven't had to lift them but while my husband was at the store my 1.5 year old woke up so I had to get her out of her crib. I had her stand and I bent to her level so I didn't bend over and use my chest muscles to pick her up. How would I know if I did damage and how soon would I know it??

Doctor Answers 10

Lifting little ones after breast augmentation

Thank you for your question. You definitely want to follow your own surgeon's post-op activity instructions. This is a general guide I give to my patients as to the recovery
Week 1) Discomfort and tightness level progressively decreases with each day. Swelling decreases a great deal after one week. Most people return to work in some capacity.
Week 2) Unlikely to need any narcotic support except maybe at night. Swelling and tightness continues to improve compared to week 1
Weeks 3-6) May need tylenol or ibuprofen for intermittent discomfort. Swelling completely resolved. Tightness may continue as the implants over an additional few months into their final position.

As far as activity, here is a safe guide:
1) No heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 6 weeks (a gallon of milk as a guide).
2) Resume walking at a leisurely pace right after surgery (e.g. 2 mph)
3) At 2 weeks, you can walk 2 miles at 2mph
4) At 3 weeks, you can walk 3 miles at 3mph
5) At 4 weeks, you can walk 4 miles at 4mph
6) At 5 weeks, you can jog 5 miles at 5mph
7) At 6 weeks, you can resume all activities, but listen to your body and use discomfort or tightness as a guide so you don't over do it.

So as far as the little ones, I would recommend having help for basic needs like lifting into the car seat. You can cuddle with them while you are sitting down, but you should avoid the tendency to multitask with one child in your arms while you are busy doing other tasks.

Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Lifting post aug

I tell my patients lift with your legs not you arms.You should be fine just be careful.You would know if you did soemthing wrong ie more swelling

Robert Brueck, MD
Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
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Lifting a child after breast augmentation

Unless you notice a change in the appearance or feeling of your breasts, you likely have done no harm to them.  I recommend doing your best to bend at the waist and knees and do as much of the lifting of your children as you can with your legs to minimize any pectoralis muscle contraction.  Good luck.

Sacha Obaid, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 134 reviews

Lifitng a baby after surgery

While I recommend to my patients after breast surgery not to lift heavy objects. I do say that if you have to it is always better to have the child climb onto you without you having to actually lift.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Lifting after breast augmentation/mastopexy

Thank you for your question.  This is a great question as many of my patients have young children and find if difficult to not lift them after surgery.  In general, we do not want  you to do anything that will stress or put strain on sutures.  Also, exerting yourself can raise your blood pressure and, in theory, can put you at slightly higher risk for a post operative bleed or hematoma.  The further out you are, the less likely, but still a risk.  Lastly, kids can be unpredictable and head-butting or pulling can occur before you are prepared to react.  In all likelihood you are are probably fine if you did not notice anything unusual or new.  Be sure to check with your plastic surgeon if you have any questions.  He or she can help put your mind at ease.  

Good luck.


Brian C. Reuben, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
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Moderation of activities after a breast lift / augmentation

Lifting of your child will most likely have not long term effects on your breasts.  Just be careful and avoid activities that make the breasts bounce up and down.  Moderation of activities is the key after breast surgery.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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What Harm Could Be Done by Lifting a Child a Week After Breast Augmentation/mastopexy?

It is quite unlikely that you did any damage without feeling marked discomfort or noting a change in appearance, neither of which would be likely with the activity you have described. 

All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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What Harm Could Be Done by Lifting a Child a Week After Breast Augmentation/mastopexy?


I would not think that lifting a child will cause any problms witht he implants and should all be OK.  If there was going to be any problmes this early post operatively then you may be experiencing some paina nd discomfort inthe breast.

All the best

Stephen Salerno


Little chance of breast damage lifting a child after augmentation.

There are certain restrictions on activity after breast augmentation with or without mastopexy. I doubt seriously whether lifting your child would do any harm to the operation. I would be fearful that the child might be dropped because of pain caused by that particular activity.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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What Harm Could Be Done by Lifting a Child a Week After Breast Augmentation/mastopexy?

Dear Mandylee,

Thank you for your question.  In general, we do not want heavy liftying after breast surgery for fear of pulling on sutures holding the implant, or causing a hematoma by getting your blood pressure elevated.  I you had a hematoma form this you would probably experience pain/pressure on one side and have that side swell up dramatically.  If there was a problem with a suture holding the implant, then you may notice displacement of the implant.  If you havent noticed anything, then there is probably no damage, but I would keep from lifting anymore and visit your plastic surgeon to be assessed.

Best Wishes,

Pablo Prichard, MD

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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