How Soon Can I Drive After Breast Surgery?
After breast augmentation surgery, we understand how important it is to get back to normal life. But before that can happen, you need to allow time to recover.
Many of us take pride in completing our daily routine without the help of another, including cooking, buying groceries, exercising, working, and even getting dressed. It may feel intimidating asking for help, but you’ll be glad to hear that in just one to four weeks, you could be back to doing what you love.
A question we are often asked is, ‘how soon can I drive after breast surgery?’ You should wait at least one week before driving again. However, you may not be able to drive for up to four weeks if you are still in pain and taking medication. So, when exactly can you start driving again after specific surgeries?
How Soon Can You Drive After Breast Enlargement Surgery?
After breast enlargement surgery, also known as breast implants, we recommend waiting at least one to two weeks before driving and working again.
We may also recommend wearing a sports bra 24/7 for three months and avoid exercise for at least one month. After six weeks, you should be back to completing most of your daily routine.
How Soon Can You Drive After a Breast Lift?
After a breast lift, you should not drive for at least one to two weeks.
We may recommend you wear a sports or compression bra for four to six weeks. Your breasts will be swollen for two weeks and nipple numbness could last for six weeks. You should be able to complete easy tasks after two weeks and the majority of your daily routine after one month.
How Soon Can You Drive After Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reductions are one of the successful breast surgeries in the UK. The number one question we are asked is, ‘how soon can you drive after breast reduction surgery?’ You should not drive for at least one to two weeks, but we recommend four weeks or until wearing a seatbelt no longer hurts.
Ideally, it only takes two to three weeks to recover from a breast reduction, including completing the majority of your daily routine and going back to work. Long term recovery could be three to six months.
How Soon Can You Drive After a Mastectomy?
After a mastectomy, you should not drive for at least three weeks. When you can make an emergency stop without pain or discomfort, then you can resume driving.
You may choose to resume driving after your bra fitting at the six to eight week mark, or after returning to work after four to eight weeks. This is because you may require a prosthesis and patients often require emotional support before getting back to a daily routine.
How Soon Can You Drive After Tuberous Breast Correction?
Tuberous refers to the tube shape of your breasts, which you may choose to have corrected during another breast surgery or as a standalone procedure. Getting back to your daily routine after tuberous breast correction is heavily debated.
You should avoid driving for at least one to two weeks, but we recommend four weeks. You should only drive when you can perform an emergency stop without pain or discomfort. We also suggest avoiding strenuous exercise for four weeks.
How Soon Can You Drive After Breast Asymmetry Surgery?
After breast asymmetry surgery, you should not drive for at least one to two weeks, but we recommend four weeks.
You should also avoid going to work for two weeks and strenuous exercise for one month. You may need to wear a sports bra for up to six weeks after your surgery before getting back to the majority of your daily routine.
How Soon Can You Drive After Areola Correction?
You may consider areola correction if you’re uncomfortable with the size and shape of your areolas. You’ll be happy to know this surgery has one of the quickest recovery times. We advise to not drive for at least one week, but many patients drive after just two to five days.
You should be able to continue with your daily routine as you usually would after two days, including exercising and going to work, but we recommend no work and only light tasks for the first week.
How Soon Can You Drive After Nipple Inversion Surgery?
Nipple inversion refers to one or both of your nipples being inverted (turned) in towards your chest. This surgery also has a quick recovery time, with patients driving just two to five days afterwards. However, we recommend waiting one week before driving again.
You should be able to complete daily tasks like normal after just two days, including exercising and going to work, but we recommend no work and only undertaking light tasks for at least one week.
BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY AT SUFFOLK BREAST PRACTICE
Now we’ve answered ‘how soon can I drive after breast surgery?’, you may be considering breast augmentation surgery. Rest assured you will receive outstanding support during your procedure and afterwards. That’s why Suffolk Breast Practice offers finance support, meaning you can pay monthly with Ideal 4 Finance.
At Suffolk Breast Practice, we’re led by our experienced surgeon, Mr Hussein Tuffaha, who is on the UK cosmetic surgery register. He was awarded the ‘iWantGreatCare’ certificate in 2022 and 2023, and is fully certified with:
We’ll ensure a smooth breast augmentation recovery with aftercare and specialised advice. If you’re unsure about your potential results, you can request a virtual simulation using our Crisalix technology. Alternatively, contact us today to book your consultation.