Thank you for your question, and I wish you a speedy
recovery! Yes, it sounds like that would be reasonable. It is best to discuss with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
his/her specific recommendations as far as return to activity. The recovery
after BA surgery varies widely from patient to patient as well as their level
of discomfort during this time. Generally, the first 4-7 days are reserved
for rest and overall recovery, and after that patients can slowly work their
way back with gradual low risk activities. I prefer to wait at
least 6-8 weeks for repetitive upper body lifting/movements and arm use so
that the muscles, skin incisions and breast tissues have had adequate
time to heal and settle before being stressed. The recovery routine will
best be determined by your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon so be sure to touch
base with him/her on their specific recommendations.
Benjamin J. Cousins MD
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Thanks for your question regarding recovery time after breast augmentation. You may feel absolutely fine to drive at this time after surgery, however, it is hard to predict exactly how you may be feeling. At this point 3 hours of driving might be a bit too long. Additionally, if you are still taking narcotic medications you would want to avoid driving all together. If possible, see if you can do just the desk job activities for the first 2 weeks. Best wishes,Steven Camp MD#HappyCamperMD
In my practice I tell my patients to avoid all driving until a week after surgery. They also avoid moderate or heavy lifting or forceful use of their arms according to a protocol that I have developed. The risks are small but if a complication does occur that adversely effects your healing you would regret having pushed your return to work. I would feel somewhat different however if you could get someone to drive you and you can avoid any lifting, pushing or pulling while at work. Discuss this with your selected plastic surgeon for his/her opinion of course. Regards.
Jon A Perlman MD FACS
Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery
Extreme Makeover Surgeon ABC TV
Best of Los Angeles Award 2015, 2016
Beverly Hills, Ca
This could be a tough call for you because some BA patients feel quite well and able to drive within a few days but if you are still taking narcotic medication or happen to have very sore pectoral muscles, turning the wheel may be too strenuous. I recommend that you discuss your expectations and plan with your Plastic Surgeon,
All the best
Hello and thank you for the question.
Typically the standard period of time before I recommend a patient driving full time is one week. And if it is less than 5-7 days, then they must be off of their narcotic medicine, or anything that would impair driving, completely. If you cannot swerve the steering wheel in case of an emergency then it would be unsafe for you to drive. Patients usually are driving as soon as they feel ready, but some still feel the soreness from driving even two weeks post-op.
Ultimately I suggest discussing it with your plastic surgeon to work out a game plan for this.