I work a job that requires lifting 30 lb maximum. How long would it take for me to recover from a breast implant? I would like to know when I can go back to work and resume normal activity?
What is the Recovery Time for Breast Augmentation?
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Lifting restrictions after Breast Augmentation
Breast Augmentation Recovery
- 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.
About 6 weeks if heavy lifting is involved
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Heavy Lifting Post Breast Augmentation
It really depends on a few factors. Adequate pain control is likely the most important. Individual pain tolerance differs greatly. I find that women who have had children generally have less post-op pain, as they have a much higher pain tolerance. From a surgical point of view, there are several things the surgeon/anaesthesiologist can do to decrease your post-op pain.
I generally perform breast blocks prior to making any incisions with a mix of short- and long-acting local anaesthetics. I have found this greatly reduces post-op pain. I also encourage patients to take the prescribed pain killers regularly every 4 hours especially for the first 24-48 hours. If you don't stay on top of the pain in the immediate post-operative period, it is extremely difficult to "catch-up". Most of my patients experience very little post-op pain after breast augmentation.
Of course, the type of augmentation you have will also determine your post-operative discomfort. Larger implants, and subpectoral implant placement will also increase post-op discomfort. This doesn't mean you shouldn't get large implants, or place them under the muscle - you simply need to know what to expect. Many women also experience difficulty with sleeping in the first few weeks after augmentation due to the weight of the implants on their chest. This is more significant in back-sleepers.
To answer your question about time off work, my experience has been that there is a huge range. I have patients that go back to work the next day (against my advice), and I have had patients take as much as 2 weeks off of work. It really depends on what you do for work, and how you feel. As for taking care of your kids, if your implant is placed under the muscle, it will be a few weeks before you feel comfortable enough to pick them up.
As for scars, I tell patients it will take a year to see the absolute final result. Practically, however, by 3-6 months the scar will be very close to the final result. I suggest 3M paper taping, and have a specific scar massage protocol I use to help speed scar resolution.
I hope this helps. Good luck!
Returning to activities 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
Wait awhile for heaving lifting after breast implant surgery
I recommend patients avoid heaving lifting of more than 10 pounds for 6 weeks after breast augmentation.
Quick Recovery Breast Augmentation
Your recovery should be quick. We recommend you return to normal daily activities 24 hours after surgery. Avoid lifting over 30 lbs. for three weeks, when you can do all vigorous exercise. You should be able to walk and lift two lb. weights before then. Plan to return to work in a couple of days if you have a desk job. For your job, I would plan to take up to a week off. Good Luck. All the best, "Dr. Joe"
What the Recovery Time is for Breast Augmentation...
The recovery time for a breast augmentation is fairly short in comparison to other surgeries. Providing you feel well enough, you should be able to return to work about 3 to 4 days after surgery. As far as lifting goes, it is recommended that you wait about 2 weeks, and then start with lighter objects and gradually work your way up to lifting 30 pounds (it may take 2-4 weeks in all). You may continue to lift more as long as it doesn't hurt or cause swelling. Make sure you know your surgeon's post operative rules to ensure the best results.
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