How Long After Breast Augmentation Can I Drive, Workout, or Drink?

If you are wondering when you can do everyday activities like driving or exercising after breast augmentation, it’s not going to be the same for everyone. Typically, most women need to recover for 1 to 2 weeks before they are ready to resume their normal routine but can be back to work within 3-5 Days. You’ll get the best results from your breast augmentation if you give your body enough time to heal.

It’s normal to want to know when you can do routine activities after your breast augmentation procedure. We have compiled some answers to FAQs about breast augmentation recovery.

How Long After Breast Augmentation Can I Drive?

You should be ready to drive about 1 week after your breast augmentation procedure. You probably consider driving a vehicle a relatively simple task, but you do have to keep your body upright, be able to twist to look over your shoulder, and have a good range of motion for your arms. Your posture during driving may strain your incisions and even cause them to bleed in some cases.

Your plastic surgeon will advise you when it is safe to start driving after careful evaluation. Additionally, if you are taking pain medication, you will not be able to drive until you don’t need them anymore.

How Long After Breast Augmentation Can I Drink?

You should avoid alcohol for at least 1 week before and 1 week after the procedure. You might think an occasional glass of wine during recovery is harmless, but consuming alcohol while taking pain medication is dangerous. Alcohol can also interfere with the healing process and increase the risk of bleeding and scarring.

How Long After Breast Augmentation Can I Workout?

You will be surprised to know that you can start light walking immediately after your breast augmentation. Gentle movement helps prevent blood clots and speeds up the healing process. As the American Society of Plastic Surgeons explains, you will need to wait 2 weeks before starting more vigorous cardio such as walking on a treadmill.

For the first 2 weeks, you won’t be able to lift more than 10 pounds. By 6 weeks post-op, you can resume lifting weights and performing other exercises involving your chest muscles, such as pushups. However, it’s important to gradually work back into your usual exercise routine, paying attention to how your body responds to the movement.

What You Can Do To Ensure a Smooth Recovery

Recovering from breast augmentation varies by patient. You can take a few simple steps to ensure a smooth recovery:

  • Follow your plastic surgeon’s aftercare instructions
  • Avoid nicotine products
  • Line up help during the first few days of recovery

This related blog post discusses more steps you can take to ensure your breast augmentation recovery is as easy as possible.

Check out our patients’ before and after pictures to see their amazing breast augmentation results. And if you are ready to start your breast augmentation journey with our help, request a consultation at our practice offices in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans area. You can also call us at (225) 399-0001 to schedule an appointment.

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