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When Can I Go Back to Work After Breast Augmentation?

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Most women who undergo breast augmentation are eager to return to their normal routines and show off their stunning results as soon as possible. However, it's important to factor in recovery and allow yourself time to heal. A board-certified plastic surgeon in Dallas can provide information about returning to work when you come in for a consultation.

Want to get started? Read below to learn about this cosmetic surgery and how Dr. Phillip Dauwe makes recovery as smooth as possible. Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery is proud to be a resource for women seeking breast augmentation.

Topics we cover during a breast augmentation consultation

A consultation allows patients to ask questions about breast augmentation and see how everything works. During this appointment, Dr. Dauwe will ensure you're healthy enough to go under the knife and perform a quick exam. We then discuss breast implant size, type, and placement options, as well as incision location. You'll learn about our surgical process and what to expect during a hospital stay.

We understand patients have busy lives and may not take a lot of time off for breast augmentation recovery. Dr. Dauwe can work around your busy schedule and find a date that works for you.

What happens after breast augmentation

Patients are closely monitored in a recovery area shortly after cosmetic surgery. You may feel groggy from the anesthesia and have some pain and inflammation in the surgical area. Dr. Dauwe can prescribe pain medications to manage this discomfort. You can expect to spend several hours in our care before being released home. Do not drive in the days after surgery, so have a close family member available to help you out.

Returning to work after breast augmentation

Most women return to work within a week of surgery, depending on their career and the type of job they perform. For example, people working a sedentary job (sitting at a desk or computer) may start working sooner than those with physically demanding jobs (such as construction or maintenance). Our plastic surgeon in Dallas will provide a short list of instructions that must be followed to ensure a speedy recovery.

Though most women return to their everyday routines within two weeks, it's important to listen to your body and take everything slowly. Don't push yourself too hard. Resuming too quickly can delay healing and lead to complications.

How to make breast augmentation recovery easier

There are a few ways to make recovery easier after cosmetic surgery:

  • Wear a supportive bra: A surgical bra provides support and keeps the implants in the correct position as you heal from breast augmentation.
  • Sleep on your back: Keep your head and shoulders elevated when sleeping or resting. This reduces swelling and prevents discomfort.
  • Avoid raising your blood pressure: Anything that raises your blood pressure increases swelling and bleeding. Do not lift anything heavier than a few pounds or bend over from the waist.

Recover well from breast augmentation

Breast augmentation recovery is different for everyone. You may have some swelling and bruising that takes a few weeks to resolve. Our board-certified plastic surgeon in Dallas can answer any questions you have about surgery and recovery during a consultation. Call Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery for an appointment and see if this process is right for you. Dr. Phillip Dauwe is dedicated to providing excellent care.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.