How Long After Breast Augmentation Can I Drive?

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Dr. Jude LaBarbera, MD Plastic Surgeon


How Long After Breast Augmentation Can I Drive?

Breast augmentation, also referred to as augmentation mammoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed to increase the size and enhance the shape of the breast.  Breast augmentation involves making an incision in the breast area, creating a pocket either behind the breast tissue or beneath the chest muscle, and inserting a saline or silicone gel implant. The incision can be made around the areola, in the breast crease, or in the armpit. This surgery is performed under anesthesia.

After breast enlargement surgery your body needs ample time to heal and recover. So if you are planning to take this treatment it is important to talk with your plastic surgeon about the recovery process to help you prepare for a smooth recovery. One of the questions you may be having is when is it safe to resume driving? In this article, we will discuss the appropriate time frame for driving after breast augmentation in Scottsdale AZ.    

Immediate Post-Surgery Precautions

Following breast augmentation surgery, it’s important to prioritize your healing process and avoid any strenuous activities. During the immediate post-surgery period:

  • Do not drive until you have discontinued all prescription pain medications that could impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely.
  • You may experience muscle soreness, limited arm mobility, and discomfort during the first few days post-surgery. These could hinder your ability to control a vehicle.
  • It helps to engage a reliable friend or family member for driving assistance during this initial recovery phase.

When Can You Begin Driving?

While individual recovery experiences may vary, standard guidelines suggest waiting for a minimum of one week before resuming driving after breast augmentation surgery. However, it’s essential to consult with your plastic surgeon to discuss your specific case and receive personalized advice.

Factors Influencing Your Recovery

Several factors can influence the waiting period before resuming driving after breast augmentation, including possible complications that need to be assessed by your surgeon. Additionally, the type of surgery you underwent plays a role; if the procedure was under the muscle instead of over the muscle, it might require more time before it’s safe to drive. Prioritize your comfort level and ensure you are free from significant pain before attempting to drive, as the discomfort can affect your focus and reaction time on the road. It is also important that you diligently follow your plastic surgeon’s recommendations to ensure a smooth and safe recovery. They will provide personalized instructions based on your unique case. Remember that each patient has a unique ability to heal therefore listen to your body, pay attention to any discomfort or limitations, and adjust your driving routine accordingly to promote a successful recovery.


For proper healing, you should never be in a hurry to drive. make sure you follow all the guidance given to you by your surgeon. By doing so, you can ensure a hassle-free and safe transition back to your normal routine while enjoying the benefits of your breast augmentation.