After breast augmentation I can only take four days off of work, I'm a cashier and my work doesn't require heavy lifting at all. I was wondering if I were to be okay to return to work after four days?
Returning to Work After Breast Augmentation?
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Returning to work after breast augmentation?
Recovery and Returning to Work
- Stiffness, swelling and bruising in the chest region: These are normal experiences as the skin, muscles and tissue heal. Pain medication and muscle relaxants will help you cope with any discomfort. Consistent sharp pain should be reported to your board-certified surgeon.
- Hypersensitivity of nipples or lack of sensitivity: This is normal and will gradually resolve over time.
- A mild to severe itchy feeling of the breasts is possible as healing progresses. An antihistamine like Benadryl can help to alleviate severe, constant itchiness. If the skin becomes red and hot to the touch, contact your board-certified surgeon immediately.
- Asymmetry, the breasts look different, or heal differently: Breasts may look or feel quite different from one another in the days following surgery. This is normal. No two breasts in nature or following surgery are perfectly symmetrical.
- Discuss returning to work with your board-certified surgeon, in our office it is typically 3-5 days post-surgery but you may not overexert yourself or do any heavy lifting.
- You may resume exercise and your normal routine at six weeks unless your surgeon advises otherwise.
Ask you surgeon but up to a week may be fine
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Return to work after breast augmentation
Returning to work after four days is typically not a problem but, it depends on the individual. I perform intercostal nerve blocks at the time of surgery. This involves injecting a long acting local anesthetic along the ribs while you are asleep, anesthetizing the nerves coming off the ribs to the breast. This minimizes your discomfort and anesthetic and post operatively enables you to recover requiring less pain medicine. This I feel helps you get back to work more rapidly. Also warm showers, typically twice a day help to minimize your needs for muscle relaxants if your implants are placed sub pectoral.
Returning To Work After Breast Augmentation.
CAN I RETURN TO WORK 2 DAYS AFTER A BREAST AUGMENTATION/LIFT, I WORK AS A CASHIER?
Generally speaking it is advisable to take at least 7-10 days off after breast augmentation/lift. If your position does not require you to lift, stretch or reach overhead, depending on your surgeon, you may be able to return after 5 days. If you are still taking prescription pain medications it would be advisable to return to work after you stop taking them.
Returning to Work after Breast Augmentation Surgery?
You will be best off checking with your plastic surgeon about returning to work and other activities. In my practice, most patients prefer to take 5 to 7 days off before returning to a “desk job” that does not involve lifting. Remember, that you may be using medications at the four-day postop mark and may not be in the best state of mind to return to your occupation as a cashier.
I hope this helps.
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