Undergoing any surgery procedure, whether cosmetic or not, is often associated with concerns about the limited number of things you can and can’t do during recovery. For example, those who undergo cosmetic surgery involving breast implants may wonder, when can I drive after breast implants? Let’s dive in.
Procedures Involving Breast Implants
Breast implants are filled with saline water or silicone and inserted into your breasts to enhance their shape. Breast surgeries are some of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures performed in the UK.
It is important to understand the different surgical procedures that involve the use of breast implants in order to understand the recovery process better. Commonly used in breast cosmetic surgeries, breast implants are used in specific procedures, including the following:
- Breast augmentation involves breast enlargement with the use of breast implants.
- Breast asymmetry is performed to achieve an even appearance in the breasts.
- Hybrid breast augmentation involves the combination of both breast implants and breast fat transfer.
Recovery After Breast Implants
Breast implants often involve major surgery; therefore, it is important to take the recommended time to recover and engage in the recommended activities. The recovery period depends on the type of breast implant surgery you have undergone. In addition, the recovery speed varies from one patient to another.
Generally, breast implant surgeries take 4 to 6 weeks for you to recover fully. However, this recovery period is often guided by instructions from your healthcare provider. These directives also determine how soon you can engage in activities such as driving and working out.
When Can I Drive After Breast Implants?
Most breast implant surgery patients usually feel they can drive from as early as two weeks post-surgery. However, this is not common to all patients since some prefer to wait a bit longer, while some are also advised by their healthcare providers to wait for a week or two.
As getting breast implants can leave you in some discomfort for a little while, it’s important that when do drive, you can do it safely. Any pain or discomfort could make it hard for you to drive safely. In general, you should not drive for at least 1 week. While some may be able to drive after 2 weeks, it may take others several weeks before they can drive safely.
Only your plastic surgeon can provide you with the specific timeframe within which you can drive after breast implants. Your recovery is based on you, and your surgeon will be able to advise you on your progress at your appointments following your surgery.
Knowing when and what to and not to engage in after breast implants is important, especially during your recovery period. It’s important to follow your surgeon’s recommendations. Your recovery instructions are there for your safety. If you have any further questions on what to do and not do after breast implants, contact the Harley Clinic team and book a consultation today.