Every breast augmentation patient I treat in Orange County is different, and they all heal a little differently. Still, though, I like to provide my patients with a general timeline of when they can get back to certain activities after their procedures. Here’s what you can expect to be able to do at different times after your surgery:
- The first week: In the days after surgery, you’ll feel moderate discomfort and have some bruising and swelling. It’s important to rest and give your body a chance to heal. If you have young children, make sure that you have someone to help you care for them. You’ll also need help with household tasks, meal preparation, and pets. Generally, after about a week, you can return to a non-strenuous job, but you need to avoid any activity that requires the use your arms or chest muscles.
- 2 to 3 weeks: It takes a few weeks, but you’ll start to feel better and resume more of your normal activities. After 2 to 3 weeks, you’ll be back to light exercise and you can engage in sexual activity, as long you avoid any direct breast stimulation.
- 4 to 6 weeks: At this point, you’ll get the go-ahead to return to your usual routine, including any exercises that involve jumping and running. Because your body is mostly healed, it’s fine to wear bras that may be a bit less supportive, or to go braless. You can also return to your normal sexual activities.
Healing is an important step in breast augmentation, so make sure you adhere to your doctor’s guidelines. However, I like to remind my patients that guidelines are just that — a guide — so, if you heal faster, you’ll resume your regular activities sooner, and if you don’t, relax and give yourself the time your body needs.