How soon will I be able to easily walk steps after a breast augmentation? Should I recover on the first floor of my home?

Should I plan on couping up on the couch during my recovery or will I feel well enough to go up and down the steps? I know everyone recovers at different rates but if you could give me a realistic range most patients experience. My friend said she was out on her couch for a week straight and hardly ever moved. Is that typical?

Doctor Answers 11

Easily walk steps after breast augmentation. Some advices

Thanks for sharing your concerns with us. 

You will be able to take steps from your first day out of surgery, but they should be slow and with the minimal amount of effort possible.

In my practice, after performing a BA I recommend to my patients to limit the movement of the arms for two weeks. After that, you can move your arms taking care and always with common sense.
In this regard, it's not advisable to carry heavy weights to prevent the implant out of position, and allow the formation of the physiological capsule around the implant, also to avoid pain and breast swelling.

Dr. Emmanuel Mallol Cortes.-

Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 147 reviews

Breast augmentation recovery

Hello, In my opinion you cant believe that what happend to other people is going to happend to you, every patient is different and so is the recovery. On breast augmentation the pain is very manageable and can be controlled with pain killers. You can also go up and down the stairs, and move around the house. The recovery of this procedure is quit fast. Good luck!!

Jose Hungria, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

You should be able to go back to work in 5 days

your friends experience is ridiculous and i suspect has a lot to do with her personality.
i have been doing BA for 20 years. you should be up walking immediately.
i have my patients exercising in a week and doing stretches immediately 
after surgery. i believe the recovery is much quicker if you get moving

david berman md

David E. Berman, MD
Sterling Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

How soon will I be able to easily walk steps after breast augmentation?

Everyone in recovers differently and at a different rate. In my opinion your friend's recovery is not typical. If you are healthy and did not have any difficulty ambulating walking up and down the stairs after your operation should not be a problem. It will be very important however to make sure that you are steady on your feet while you are taking your postoperative pain medication. If you stumble or fall you could develop some postoperative bleeding. Be careful and Good luck.

John J. Edney, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

Recovery after Breast Augmentation

Provided you don't have to put too much weight on your arms going up stairs, you should be fine going up and down stairs after Breast Augmentation.  If you can easily navigate stairs before surgery you should be fine after.

John Burns, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

Recovery after BA

Hello. Yolk certainly be able to ambulate up and down a flight of stairs after your surgery. Your friend's experience is unusual. 
Be well. 

Dr. B

Breast augmentation recovery

Usually patients can go up and down stairs, and move around fairly easily after a breast augmentation. In my practice, I do n ot allow them to perform any type of exercise for a minimum of 3-4 weeks.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery after Breast Augmentation

Recovery after breast augmentation varies from patient to patient and greatly depends on the surgeon's technique. In my practice, most patients are walking up steps and doing relatively well the day of surgery and are back to most normal activities (except those that bounce the breasts) by the next day. I use a gentle technique, directly dissect the pocket instead of stretching it open and numb the operated area. Discuss this with a board certified plastic surgeon, as there are a lot of non plastic surgeons doing breast augmentation. Your friend's experience is decidedly unusual with surgery done by a good surgeon.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon
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How soon will I be able to easily walk steps after a breast augmentation?

Thank you for the question. I will typically have my patients begin walking the day of surgery or by post operative day #1 at the latest. I can certainly tell you that your friend's recovery was not a typical one. As a matter of fact most of my patients return to some form of mild exercise by week 2 and are off all restrictions by week 6. I would recommend that you consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for an in-person examination and a discussion of your goals, which should help allay any anxieties you may be experiencing about the breast augmentation procedure.

I hope this helps. Good luck.

Recovery from breasts augmentation

Dear Emcunn,
  Your friend's experience is definitely atypical. I encourage my patients to walk after surgery, when they are fully awake from anasthesia. This usually occures 1-2 hours after surgery. The 'rest pain' from surgery which requires pain medication , passes after 2-3 days and after that only Tylanol  extra strength suffices.  On the 3rd day, my patients start with the implants displacement massage which helps dramaticaly to ease the arms motion. For 2 weeks after surgery , no lifting or exercise is allowed. The following 2 weeks permit light weight lifting and light to moderate excercise. After 1 month all restrictions are off.
 Always, consult with experienced board certified plastic surgeons who operate in accredited surgery center for your safety. Check the before and after pictures in the photo gallery, to make sure that they are numerous, consistent and attractive. Pay special attention to the cleavage area, the perkiness, the symmetry and the natural look.
                     Best of luck,
                                    Dr Widder

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