Concerns about recovery and downtime are very common amongst patients considering combined breast augmentation and breast lift surgery. It’s important to realize that every patient’s situation is unique and for this reason recovery times vary from patient to patient.
Some patients have jobs that involve heavy lifting, while others sit at a desk. Some patients have children, while others have a significant support system available to them. Some patients have more extensive procedures while some patients have a low pain tolerance. All of these factors can impact the recovery period.
We generally recommend that patients take a week off from work. Patients who have desk jobs may return sooner. Light exercise can usually be undertaken at about two weeks and strenuous physical activity can be resumed at six weeks. At that time, we tell patients that they may return to full activity, without restrictions.
When all of these factors are considered, most patients feel that the recovery was less difficult than expected. In the vast majority of breast augmentation and breast lift patients, two months for recovery should be adequate to fully recover before an important event.