I don't have the usual desk job. I'm a bartender at a busy bar/restaurant, and my normal shift is anywhere from 10-15 hours long, all of which are spent on my feet. I'm a healthy, non-smoking 28-year old, about 5'2 and 115 lbs, 32B, looking to get implants. I understand not being able to lift anything heavy for a while, but will I have to spend an extended period of time out of work (longer than 1-2 weeks)?
When Can I Return to my Active Job After Having Breast Augmentation?
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Return to Active Job after Breast Augmentation Usually 10-14 days
Thank you for your question.
I agree with others that you need to follow the advice of your surgeon.
However, that said, I recommend to my patients that they plan two weeks before vigorous physical activity after Breast Augmentation.
Return to work is more difficult after Submuscular Breast Augmentation than after Subglandular Breast Augmentation.
Your job sound very vigorous. My guess is you will need at least a week and perhaps two if the implants are placed under the muscle
You can return to work early
Most of my patients return to even very active jobs by a week after breast augmentation. You may be a little sore but you will not hurt anything.
Going Back to Work in 1 to 2 Weeks after Breast Augmentation
Unless you are running all over the place at your job getting your heart rate up or straining yourself, going back to work in 1 to 2 weeks should be fine. Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA
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Avoid heavy lifting and straining for six weeks. You may, however, do normal activities at any time if they cause no pain or discomfort. Let your body tell you what you can or cannot do.
When an I return to my active job after having breast augmentation?
Recovery After Breast Augmentation
- 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 your surgeon
Time off Work for Bartender
Return to work after a breast augmentation
The only activities I would restrict a patient to after a breast augmentation would be not to lift greater than 20 pounds and avoid activities where the breasts bounce up and down for 6 weeks. Atlanta Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Z