When Can I Return To Work After A Breast Augmentation?

It’s not uncommon for a woman to feel self-conscious about the size and shape of her breasts. In fact, breast augmentations have maintained their place as the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure for years. Dr. Tenley Lawton is a board-certified plastic surgeon with an extensive education when it comes to breast augmentations. She works closely with each and every patient to ensure the best possible outcome is successful.

Breast Augmentation Before & After Photos Newport Beach
View More Patient Results

*Individual Results May Vary

Breast Augmentation – Following the Procedure

Immediately following your augmentation, you’ll need to give your body time to heal. Although a breast augmentation is typically an outpatient procedure, it may take several days to feel like yourself again. You may feel groggy and experience slight swelling and bruising around the incision site. Medication can be prescribed to manage any post-surgical pain.

Breast Augmentation – Recovery Process

Every situation is unique. It depends on the incision, the chosen implant, and your body’s natural healing process, but on average, you may be able to return to work within 1 week. Patients who hold jobs with a high level of physical activity should talk to Dr. Lawton beforehand.

More strenuous activities such as exercise should be avoided for 3-4 weeks. It’s important to listen to your body during this time to ensure healing time is not prolonged. A good rule of thumb is not to lift more than 10-pounds in the first two weeks and not to lift more than 20-pounds in the first four weeks after your surgery.

Breast Augmentation Consultations Available


It can take one to two months to fully recover from your breast augmentation. Dr. Lawton will create an individualized recovery plan based on your situation and surgery choices. Feel free to address any concerns you may be having about your recovery during your post-surgical visits.

Awesome ! Dr. Lawton was very straightforward and has a great bedside manner . Erin was beyond helpful especially in the size selection process for my implants !

View More Patient Reviews

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about Breast Augmentations? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 835-5061 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

CallEmail GalleryDirections