One of the most common questions we are asked is about driving after breast augmentation surgery. The day of your breast augmentation, we require that you be driven home by a friend or family member. If you are wondering how long you will need to recover after breast augmentation before you can drive again, you’ll be pleased to know that most of our patients are back to driving within a week.

The reason we recommend that you wait at least a week after your procedure to drive is mainly a safety issue. Patients are generally taking prescription pain medication for a few days after their breast augmentation. And it is not safe to drive when taking a strong pain medication. My patients can usually raise their arms comfortably over their head within 2-3 days and are usually off their pain medication in about the same amount of time. These are the two tings that will determine when it is safe for you to drive again.

Pain medicines can seriously impair your ability to drive safely and it can also make you drowsy. We always advise our patients not to drive while they are still take prescription pain medications.

By: David N. Csikai, M.D.