Every so often, women who visit us during initial consultations here at our Union Square plastic surgery practice will ask us about the activities they can and cannot do after their breast augmentation surgery. “How soon can I drive after I have my breast implants?” is one of the most common questions that Dr. Mosser encounters from these women about last year’s most popular surgical cosmetic procedure.
If you’re one of these women who have decided to take the plunge and enjoy your new life with a more proportional and youthful look, read on below to learn when is exactly the best time to resume driving following breast augmentation.
No Driving Immediately After Surgery
Breast augmentation with implants is generally performed with general anesthesia. This means you will be groggy or may feel unsteady hours after the surgery. However, such feeling will most likely dissipate as the anesthesia wears off. Thus, you are not to drive your way home after surgery. It is best to have someone drive you to and from the clinic or hospital and stay with you during the first 24 to 48 hours following surgery.
No Driving Until You’re Done with Your Pain Medications
In addition to anesthesia concerns, you are also not to drive until you are done with your pain medications. Narcotics in particular can potentially slow down your reaction time and impair your coordination which in turn will increase your chances of road mishaps. Generally, majority of our patients here at our practice find themselves not requiring pain medications between 1-2 weeks following surgery.
All things considered, you are totally safe to drive once you’re pain-free and feel like driving yourself. However, we encourage you to have someone stay with you during your initial return to driving and make sure that you are comfortable in turning your head and shoulders to check the motorists behind. It may also work best if you avoid very long drives for the first few weeks following surgery.
Last, we encourage you to get in touch with Dr. Mosser and wait for his go-ahead and signal that you can already hit the road.
Your Personalized Breast Augmentation Recovery Plan by Dr. Mosser
Dr. Mosser does more than perform breast augmentation surgery. He takes the time to create a personalized breast augmentation plan for you, including your recovery, that is in parallel with the change you want to see.
Call us at 415.398.7778 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve the body shape you’ve always wanted!