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Breast implants as a nurse

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I will be graduating from nursing school this year and I have already begun saving for my breast implants that I would like to get sometime in 2016. I will be going from an A-cup to a modest C-cup. Nothing drastic, just something I've always wanted. I am 100% certain that I am doing this for the right reason.

Are there any nurses out there who HAVE gotten implants, or know someone who has? How was working while recovering? How long did you need to take off? How soon did you return to work? How long did it take before you were 100%? Please, share your experience:)

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Never had implants, but I know that there are plastic surgery forums where people discuss their recovery, etc. Maybe look for one of those? My sister got implants, and I think she was back to work in a week (desk job).

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Thanks klone! Ive actually looked, but I feel as if allnurses would be the best place to get a really good answer from other nurses. :)

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I had a breast aug, I took a week off and was back after that. I felt pretty good. I'd say about 6 weeks til I was A game status.

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Are there any nurses out there who HAVE gotten implants, or know someone who has? How was working while recovering? How long did you need to take off? How soon did you return to work? How long did it take before you were 100%? Please, share your experience:)

I don't know any nurses who have gotten implants, but in my previous career I worked with two police officers who have. One of them had to work a desk job for about six weeks before she could return to her regular duties and the other I think was off for about two or three weeks. Of course the job can be quite physical at times and you need to be able to defend yourself and do a bit of "wrestling" as well as wearing body armor/vest which will apply pressure on the surgical area.

I guess how long you'll need to recover/heal will depend both on individual factors and the nature of your job. Since you're a student now, you don't yet know where you'll be working and for example how much heavy lifting you'll be required to do.

Have you decided on subglandular or subpectoral/dual plane placement of the implants? This might also affect the recovery time. Of course different placements may affect other factors too. Your surgeon will no doubt inform you about it before you decide.

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I have breast implants but it's been so long that I don't even think about it. I had the operation in 2001: I went from a B to a D cup. I finished nursing school in 2010.

I remember taking a week off from work. You're on painkillers and you are restricted from any lifting. I think it took about 6-8 weeks to fully recover.

I had no vest or drains, but some people do. Depends whether you go under or over the muscle and where the incision is.

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I will be graduating from nursing school this year and I have already begun saving for my breast implants that I would like to get sometime in 2016. I will be going from an A-cup to a modest C-cup. Nothing drastic, just something I've always wanted. I am 100% certain that I am doing this for the right reason.

Are there any nurses out there who HAVE gotten implants, or know someone who has? How was working while recovering? How long did you need to take off? How soon did you return to work? How long did it take before you were 100%? Please, share your experience:)

About half the nurses on my floor are "enhanced". IIRC, it took them 1 or 2 rotations off work. About 1.5-2 weeks, give or take. All of them seem happy. One wishes she had gone larger (I think she went modest C, like you're planning), but everyone is different. I just love the ladies! Maybe they were gone for longer than 2 weeks, but I really don't think so.

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About half the nurses on my floor have implants. Most people took 2 weeks off and needed help with lifting turning pts for another week or 2 after they came back.

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I have implants. I was able to return to work the next day although I did have 2 days off. I think it depends on the surgical method used by the surgeon. Mine used lasers which offered me a quick recovery and minimal swelling. My chest looked the same 1 hour after surgery, 1 day after surgery, and 1 month after. There was no dropping or swelling what so ever. Best decision for myself ever. I don't regret it for a second. Make sure you research doctors and the procedure. I did pay more by going with the doctor I went with but it was worth every penny.

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That's great! I had A LOT of pain and swelling the first week. Ate my percocets like candy that first week with minimal effect. But the surgical procedures are more advanced than they were 14 years ago.

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I've had several coworkers do it, most in a modest fashion like you want to, one in a drastic fashion. They all did it at the beginning of a vacation week and were all fine by the time they came back to work. Everyone knew they did it (but who knows- I might have other coworkers who didn't tell people!) but no one judged.

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I'm 57. I breastfeed all 4 kids for a total of 8.5 years. 

I've always said that it would be fine with me if you just came and chopped those babies off . . . .they aren't doing me any good anymore. 🙂

I have friends who have had breast reduction (a more lengthy and painful process) and breast augmentation (outcome depends on many issues).

Best wishes! Glad you got some good advice here.

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