Can I pull or strain a muscle in my breast by lifting my 4 year old 25 days after my breast augmentation surgery?
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Muscle pain after lifting child following breast augmentation
Lifting little ones after breast augmentation
Week 1) Discomfort and tightness level progressively decreases with each day. Swelling decreases a great deal after one week. Most people return to work in some capacity.
Week 2) Unlikely to need any narcotic support except maybe at night. Swelling and tightness continues to improve compared to week 1
Weeks 3-6) May need tylenol or ibuprofen for intermittent discomfort. Swelling completely resolved. Tightness may continue as the implants over an additional few months into their final position.
As far as activity, here is a safe guide:
1) No heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 6 weeks (a gallon of milk as a guide).
2) Resume walking at a leisurely pace right after surgery (e.g. 2 mph)
3) At 2 weeks, you can walk 2 miles at 2mph
4) At 3 weeks, you can walk 3 miles at 3mph
5) At 4 weeks, you can walk 4 miles at 4mph
6) At 5 weeks, you can jog 5 miles at 5mph
7) At 6 weeks, you can resume all activities, but listen to your body and use discomfort or tightness as a guide so you don't over do it.
So as far as the little ones, I would recommend having help for basic needs like lifting into the car seat. You can cuddle with them while you are sitting down, but you should avoid the tendency to multitask with one child in your arms while you are busy doing other tasks.
If your pain from your recent activity doesn't subside or gets worse, then I would visit your plastic surgeon. Otherwise, continue to be cautious and not overdo it. I wouldn't worry about capsular contracture from this.
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I am very sorry you are experiencing this pain. It is hard to know exactly what is going on without a face to face exam.
- You should contact your plastic surgeon and make him or her aware of your pain and what has happened.
- It is important to see your plastic surgeon
because she/he knows exactly what was done for you.
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