What Are My Restrictions After Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in breast augmentation surgery but needs some basic recovery questions answered. What is the average time you recommend returning to work? I already have dates that I’m taking off for this year for vacation and other things, so I don’t want to have to take too much time off work. Also, I have an 18 month old, and she is a big girl for her age right now! She is a momma’s girl and is always wanting me to hold her and carry her, so my other concern was being able to lift her and carry her. What are your lifting requirements after surgery?
A: Returning to work after breast augmentation is highly variable based on what one does, how physical their job is and their own discomfort tolerance. On average, it can be anywhere from 3 to 5 days. I place patients on arm range of motion exercises the night of surgery and the more you move the quicker you will recover. I have no lifting restrictions after surgery and you can lift anything you want without fear of hurting the result. Your body will tell you what you can and cannot do.
Dr. Barry Eppley