How Long Should You Take Off Work After Breast Augmentation?


Breast augmentation is one of the most common procedures in the United States. Each year, millions of women voluntarily undergo this procedure for varying reasons. Despite its popularity and high satisfaction rate, breast augmentation is still a surgery. Breast augmentation, just like any surgery, involves some level of recovery. It’s important to realize that not every patient experiences the same recovery process. There are many different factors that must be taken into consideration.

What happens right after the surgery? 

Immediately following the surgery, patients are taken into a recovery area within the clinic or hospital and monitored for roughly an hour. The breasts will be covered in bandages and supported by bands or a special bra. These items will help to reduce the swelling experienced after the surgery. After patients spend an hour in the recovery area, they will be sent home as long as nothing abnormal occurs.

What will happen at home? 

Once a patient is cleared for returning home, their doctor will provide a series of instructions that are unique to the individual’s particular case. Different procedures will require varying maintenance rituals. It is vital that patients carefully and intently follow the directions provided by their doctor. These instructions will help patients clean and bandage their breasts. Both of these are sensitive and important activities following breast augmentation surgery. Some patients may even be prescribed antibiotics to help fight off infections and some medication to reduce any pain that may occur. In a majority of cases, patients will be advised to wear their support bra until the next visit. Patients will also be required to limit their movement and activity until the doctor explains otherwise. It’s important for patients to follow their doctor’s instructions carefully. Even the best surgeries can be ruined by bad recovery techniques. 

What are the normal stages of recovery? 

  1. Patients will need full-time help for two or three days following the surgery. 
  2. It’s advisable to have extra help if you have a child for the first week. 
  3. On the fifth day, patients can engage in low-impact cardio as long as their heart rate stays below 100. 
  4. After one week, patients who work at a desk are allowed to resume their normal occupational activities. Patients who received implants over their muscles will have a shorter recovery time. These individuals can normally return to their office job within three or four days. 
  5. Low-impact exercises are allowed after two-weeks. 
  6. High-impact exercises should be avoided. For example, patients should avoid jumping, jogging, or movements that require the swinging of an arm. Patients should also avoid lifting anything over 15 or 20 pounds for six weeks. If a patient must lift their child, they are advised to keep their elbows tucked in. 
  7. Avoid any sweeping motions for around six or eight weeks. This includes raking, vacuuming, sweeping, and more. 

What are some helpful tips following breast augmentation surgery? 

  • Drink enough water throughout the day. 
  • Eat lighter meals that consist of nutrient-dense foods such as veggies and fruits. 
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes that don’t require much effort to put on. 
  • Fall asleep with your back on the bed. For six weeks following the surgery, use pillows to prop up your torso. This extra padding will help when getting up from the bed. It’s important for patients to avoid sleeping on their stomachs or sides during this period. 
  • Try to avoid looking at the scars. This could cause the incision to re-open. 

To learn more about your breast augmentation recovery process and how you can prepare, contact our office and schedule your consultation with Dr. Capek.