How Much Time Do I Need To Take Off Work For A Breast Augmentation?

Are you considering breast enhancement surgery? Like most patients, you’re probably concerned about how much time you need to take off work for a breast augmentation. Although the timeline won’t be the same for every patient, it’s essential to get enough rest so that you heal properly, and achieve optimal results.

How much time do you need to take off work for a breast augmentation?

The recovery time needed after breast augmentation varies. While some women feel well enough to go back to work a few days after breast augmentation surgery, others take longer to heal.

Plastic surgeons typically suggest that patients take 5-7 days off work for a breast augmentation. However, there are several factors that can affect recovery including the following:

  • Extent of your breast surgery: If your breast surgery is extensive, or is a combination procedure, you may need more time off after surgery.
  • Your support system: If you have children and don’t have a good support system at home, additional time off may be necessary.
  • Type of job you have: If you have a desk job, you should be able to go back to work within a few days. However, if your job requires heavy lifting, extra recovery time may be required, because it’s essential to avoid lifting anything 10 pounds and over for at least 2 weeks.

Recovery after breast augmentation is unique to each patient, so it is always advisable to adhere to the post-operative guidelines of your plastic surgeon, in order to heal well (click here to learn more).

Are you interested in learning more about recovery after breast augmentation? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Paducah, KY area, Image Surgical Arts is our featured practice.

You can reach them at, or by calling (270) 366-1932.

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