When Can I Return To Work After A Breast Augmentation?

by | Aug 7, 2019 | 0 comments


Breast augmentation​ remains one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, and it’s a cornerstone of my practice. If you’re looking to change the size of your breasts, correct breast asymmetry, and improve breast shape, breast augmentation could be the solution. If you’re thinking about undergoing a breast augmentation surgery but have a demanding job, you may be wondering when you can return to work after it. Read on to find out.

Breast Augmentation Scottsdale

*Individual results may vary*


At Brown Plastic Surgery, we use only smooth (not textured) saline or silicone implants. While our saline implants feature a silicone shell and a salt water filling, our silicone implants are prefilled with cohesive silicone gel. If saline implants rupture, you’ll absorb the sterile saltwater safely.

However, saline implants do feel firmer and heavier. On the other hand, silicone implants offer a more natural appearance.

During your consultation, we’ll discuss the look you’re going for and your options, and we’ll compile a set of “wish photos” based on your body type and aesthetic goal. Once we have a plan in place, we’ll time your surgery based on your needs and schedule. The actual surgery takes about an hour, and you’ll emerge in recovery bandaged with gauze over your breasts to support the healing process.




Right after breast augmentation surgery, you’ll likely be tired for a few days. You’ll return to our office to be examined and to ensure that everything is healing as desired. We will also review any continued limitations and expectations healing moving forward.  

I will ask that you stay away from heavy lifting and intense physical activity until I approve for you to move forward. Typically I don’t allow any lifting over 20 pounds for 6 weeks. I often allow some cardiac activity to resume after one month. If you have a desk job, you may return to work within 3-7 days. You’ll have to wait a bit longer if your job involves physical labor.

It will likely take six weeks for most of your swelling to resolve after breast augmentation surgery. Usually by 3 months the breasts have settled to their final position and, you can enjoy your beautiful results.

I had a breast augmentation when I was 18. 30 years later, a mammogram indicated “possible loss of implant integrity.” It was recommended by my family physician that I see a plastic surgeon to discuss bilateral implant exchange. I was referred to a woman plastic surgeon. As soon as I left her office, I knew I wasn’t going back, which meant I would not recover my consultation fee. Since Dr. Glen Hait, who was my original surgeon, had recently retired, I looked into who he referred and discovered Dr. Richard Brown. Dr. Brown was extremely professional, courteous and sympathetic. He spent a lot of time with me going over every detail and answering all my questions. I was really impressed that he did not charge a consultation fee, and I was given an estimate that I felt was extremely fair. I now have new breasts that are beautiful. He did an amazing reconstruction and got the size just right. For the first time in years, I can look in the mirror and feel pretty.

DE, Happy Patient


If you’re wondering if you’re a good candidate for an arm lift or how much it may cost you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown of Brown Plastic Surgery in Scottsdale, Arizona​ today. You can count on him to help you make an informed decision. Call us at +1 480-947-2455 or fill out our convenient online contact form