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How long does it take to recover after surgery? I am considering breast implants and want to be realistic to when I go back to work – I work at a desk and am not active (other than typing).

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  • Dear June,

    That’s an excellent question.  It is always realistic to plan an adequate
    amount of recover time before returning to work.  Breast implant surgery performed under the
    muscle can be quite painful in the first few days limiting full motion and
    strength of the arms.  If you have a
    sedentary desk job without much lifting many patients return to work after 3-5
    days.  To be kindest to yourself and if
    you can manage it through work, one week off is often optimal.  Some surgeons use drains after breast surgery,
    which usually come out on the second or third day while many don’t.  Breast exercises if preferred by the surgeon
    start on the third to fourth day and you can expect the implants to drop into
    their pocket, be soft and look quite good by the third week.  Never plan anything big such as a trip to the
    Caribbean, exposure to pool water or ocean water or a wedding or social event
    for 4-6 weeks following the surgery.

    Select physicians doing the
    consultation provide some Vectra 3D breast imaging, high tech photo station
    that gets you to accurately be able to asses the size and shape of implant that
    you want.  These kind of photo stations
    provide a very accurate 3D simulation of your actual post-operative result.

    Best of luck and I’m sure you’re
    going to get an excellent result. For more information, visit: https://www.spamedica.com/cosmetic-plastic-surgery-toronto/breast-cosmetic-surgery/breast-augmentation-toronto/

    R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.

    Certified Plastic Surgeon

    Yorkville, Toronto

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