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What are the risk involved with not leaving enough recovery time?

Question posted by Laurel from Ottawa

Hello, I really want to to have work done on my breasts. I know that there is some recovery time that goes along with such a procedure. Knowing myself, I know that I’m not going to want to stay in bed and let myself recover for days or weeks on end. What are the risks of not giving yourself enough time to recover?

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  • Dear Laurel,

    Leaving one’s self enough recovery time
    is essential to allow the operative incision and the pocket and implant to
    recover following surgical creation and insertion.  In general, 3-7 days off work in a sedentary
    job is more than enough, active jobs require usually a week.  Most surgeons will allow you to go back to
    light activities such as yoga and stretching, stair climbers, ellipticals by
    3-4 weeks and 6 weeks for full exertional activity.

    Excessive activity or exercise
    following surgery can result in several types of complications, tensile load
    and an incision can open and an incision and excessive activity after a freshly
    created surgical wound can lead to bleeding and collection of blood in the
    pocket of the breast implant called a hematoma.

    In general, the implants themselves
    are very hearty and tough and will survive any activity, it’s the soft tissue
    above the incision and the pocket that need time to recover.

    Discuss these concerns with your
    operative surgeon and they’ll provide you the best advice of the type of
    surgical approach that they decide with you.

    I’m sure you’ll get an excellent
    result.  Leave lots of time for
    recovery.  Best of luck. Find out more information:

    R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.

    Certified Plastic Surgeon

    Yorkville, Toronto

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