I am a phys ed teacher and would like to get breast implants. I want a very natural look and do not want anyone to know. I am afraid that if I take additional vacation time either before or after winter or spring break, everyone will notice. Is it possible to be back to work after only a week of recovery?
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Breast Implant Recovery
While breast augmentation patients in this practice receive a prescription for a mild narcotic pain medication for use after surgery (just in case), most of them never take it. Most patients report little to no pain in the evening following surgery, and perhaps some mild discomfort on Postop day one and two. Patients can resume all normal, non-strenuous activities of daily living immediately after surgery, and can begin pec major range of motion exercises on the evening of their procedure.
Patients are seen in the office the day after surgery, and again on Friday for removal of the Go-Pump catheters (which is painless). Working patients usually return to work the Monday following the surgery; stay-at-home moms may need some help with toddlers for the first two to three days after surgery. Exercise is limited to walking only for the first two weeks; in weeks three and four some light exercise is permissible. Patients can gradually increase their exercise/workout level in the second month (weeks five through eight), however it is a full eight weeks before patients are allowed to return to activities that require forceful, repetitive, sustained pec major contraction - such as pushups and heavy weight lifting. It is important to ensure that the breasts are well supported in snug fitting sports bra (or two) when returning to impact exercise such as running or aerobics.
Time off after breast augmentation
Breast implant recovery time
Most of my patients are back to work in 3-4 days, however most sit at a desk. The majority of implants are placed partially under the pectoralis major muscle and thus patients are instructed not to use their arms or chest for any exercise for 6 weeks. The recovery from implants placed over the muscle is faster, but many patients are not candidates for this or do not want the added risk of capsular contracture. Given that you are a phys ed teacher, the best thing to do would be to wait until the summer where you can take the entire 6 weeks off. However, if you can go back to work in a "light duty" capacity, or you control the workouts and can avoid having to demonstrate or perform any upper body workout or activities that make you chest bounce for that period of time, then you can consider doing it over winter or spring break. Best of luck.
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Breast augmentation recovery with return to normal activity including driving takes about four days or less for 95% of my patients and three days or less for 85%. I recommend that patients keep their heart rate under 100 for two weeks. This keeps their blood pressure down and lessens the chance that they could have bleeding into the pocket after surgery. This seems to work since the incidence of bleeding or hematoma has been about 1/10th of one percent in the last 23 years. Sixty-five percent of patients have no bruising at all and another thirty percent have minimal or slight bruising.
Normal activity is defined as the ability to lift normal weight objects, raise your hands above your head sufficiently to wash your hair, and to drive. If you are a physical education teacher requiring aerobic activity you could certainly return to work, but I would advise against running around so much that your heart rate exceeds the rate of 100. You could have a period of brisk walking or similar activity, but followed by a rest so you stay at or under the 100 limit. This does not mean you would have a problem if you exceeded the limit, but as an arbitrary guideline, it seems to work. Patients with office-type jobs usually go back to work in three or four days, as soon as they feel comfortable. For example, with surgery on Friday, patients would go back to work on Monday or Tuesday. Patients who have to use their arms a lot, like restaurant servers, usually take five to eight days off, sometimes longer.
After surgery, my patients are advised to lift their arms overhead five times an hour. We start them in the recovery room. This helps hasten recovery by stretching out the pectoralis muscle. They don't wear any special bras or have drains. Specific details of recovery can be found on my website. You should consult your own plastic surgeon for specific guidelines on when to return to work and return to any specific activity.
Stages of Recovery After Breast Augmentation: Do It Right!
- You will need full-time assistance for the first two days.
- If you have small children, plan to have someone else to be primarily responsible for their needs and care for 4 to 5 days.
- At 5 days, it's OK to start low impact exercise without raising your pulse above 90-100.
- Most women are able to resume the majority of their more sedentary, non-physical daily activities and (depending upon your job) return to work in 5-7 days.
- At 2 weeks, it's OK to get back to low impact cardio exercise.
For the first 6 weeks after breast augmentation, I advise against any activity that involves:
- high impact activity (like jumping, jogging, martial arts)
- big arm swinging (like tennis, golf)
lifting more than 15-20 pounds
- lifting your baby is OK if you do it with your elbows close to your chest
- repetitive motions (sweeping, vacuuming, raking leaves)
Breast Implant Recovery Time
Breast Implant Recovery Time
What a great question. Depending on your job description you may be able to return to work within a few days of your breast augmentation. You will be given pain medication for your immediate post-operative time. When you are no longer taking the pain medication you may drive. I also instruct patients that there is no heavy lifting over 5-10 lbs for 4-6 weeks. By placing the implant under the muscle will help you to achieve a more "natural" look and by choosing an implant that is appropriate to your body size.
Typically my patients who have surgery on Fridays go back to work on Monday. However, my 'typical' patients are not phys-ed teachers. The concept of recovery depends on what you mean by recovery. Some of it depends on the type of procedure you have as well. In over 4000 surgeries I have operated on many fitness models, personal trainers, and body builders. In these patients the pectoralis muscle is typically very developed and the choices are either to place a small implant under the muscle, or to place a larger implant over the muscle. An under muscle implant will have a longer recovery and will require a bit more muscle 'rest' which may be hard given your profession. In my experience, stretching and overuse of the muscle after only 3-4 days does increase swelling...but likely does not affect the long term result. If your plan is a small under muscle implant, you should still be back to work in 2-3 days- but I would tell you to restrict chest exercise or overhead stretching for at least 7-10 days. With an over the muscle implant you'll have an easier recovery although there are other issues with over muscle implants. If you can submit a photo or send one directly to me, then I can give you some more specific information as it pertains to your particular case. Good Luck! Scott Newman, MD FACS
Recovery after surgery
If you were my patient, given your active strenous job, I would have you wait till your summer break. Elective surgery should minimize complications. If you overdo it early, you may be unhappy with result. I think one week is plenty for people who are at a desk.
Women often worry (unnecessarily) that everyone will notice after they have breast implants.
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