How Soon Can I Return to Work after Breast Augmentation?

By: Dr. Sean Kelishadi, M.D. FACS


Deciding to undergo breast augmentation surgery is an exciting step toward achieving your desired look. Dr. Sean Kelishadi at SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA understands that one of the most common concerns is how soon you can return to your daily activities, particularly work, after breast augmentation. Typically, most patients can return to a sedentary job within one to two weeks, while those with physically demanding jobs might need to wait up to six weeks. Let's explore the recovery timeline and what to expect during the healing process.

What is the initial breast enhancement recovery period like?

Almost immediately following your breast augmentation surgery, you will experience some discomfort and swelling. The first few days are crucial for your recovery, as your body needs time to adjust to the implants. During this initial period, it's essential to:

  • Rest and avoid strenuous activities
  • Keep your upper body elevated
  • Follow your surgeon's post-operative instructions

Most patients are advised to take at least one week off from work to allow their bodies to begin the healing process. Light activities can generally be resumed after this period, but it's important to listen to your body and not rush your recovery.

When can I return to work after breast augmentation?

The timeline for returning to work varies depending on the nature of your job and how your body responds to surgery. If your job is sedentary and involves minimal physical activity, you might be able to return to work within 1 – 2 weeks. However, if your job requires heavy lifting, extensive movement, or high levels of physical exertion, you may need to take additional time off. Here are some factors that influence your return-to-work timeline:

  • The type of breast augmentation performed
  • Your overall health and healing rate
  • The physical demands of your job

It's crucial to consult with Dr. Kelishadi before resuming work to ensure your body is ready and to avoid complications.

What activities should be avoided during recovery from breast surgery?

During the healing after breast augmentation, there are several activities you should avoid to promote a smooth recovery and prevent complications. For the first few weeks, refrain from:

  • Heavy lifting and vigorous exercise
  • Sleeping on your stomach
  • Wearing underwire bras

These activities can strain your incisions and interfere with the healing process. Gradually reintroduce them into your routine based on your surgeon's advice and your comfort level.

How long is a breast augmentation recovery?

Breast augmentation recovery is a gradual process that can take several weeks to a few months. Most patients see significant improvement within the first month, but healing can take up to six months. It's important to follow up with Dr. Kelishadi to monitor your progress and address any concerns that may arise. Patience and adherence to post-operative care guidelines are key to a successful recovery.

Learn more about healing after breast augmentation

Returning to work after breast augmentation requires careful planning and consideration of your body's healing process. By following the guidance provided by Dr. Sean Kelishadi at SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, you can ensure a smooth and safe recovery. If you have any questions or need personalized advice about your recovery timeline, don't hesitate to contact Dr. Kelishadi and his team. Schedule your consultation today to take the first step toward achieving your breast enhancement goals and a successful return to your daily activities.

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