Depending on what you do for a living, going back to work after getting a breast augmentation can definitely be a stressful time. It's completely normal to have several unknowns, and I want to encourage you not to worry too much about it. I had a lot of questions about my own 'going back to work' experience, and I want to share what I learned after fumbling through the process.
"How soon will I be able to go back to work after getting breast implants?"
Before I came home to do Eden Knows Implants full-time, I was in the field of radiography and clinical research—which meant that I was on my feet working with patients for most of the day. I only waited one week to go back to work, but I wish I had waited two weeks for a couple of reasons.
First, putting on and taking off my scrubs was almost impossible.
If you've never worn them, they aren't stretchy at all. I had to get my husband to help me get the top over my head and then pull down over my boobs for my first week back to work. It was a little painful and taking them off was even harder. I found myself stuck in clothes like every day for the first week.
Also, I bumped into everything with my boobs.
My depth perception was completely off with my new additions, and I kept hitting them when I was sliding open filing cabinets, opening doors and interacting with patients. Thankfully, most of my patients are reoccurring, so that made it a little less embarrassing. The men certainly had no complaints! :-) If I had waited an extra week, I definitely would have been less awkward and more used to them.
"Will everyone be able to tell I got breast implants?"
Honestly, this was my biggest point of stress in going back to work. I worked with a lot of different people, and I only told a handful of them that I was getting breast implants. I just didn't feel like it was necessary for me to email blast the entire company telling them I was getting a boob job.
I was really worried about walking into the office on Monday morning and getting this look from all of my co-workers...
Thankfully, that didn't happen. The women who knew I got breast implants just smiled and whispered in my ear that I looked great. And the ones who didn't know either had no clue or asked me if I had lost weight or gotten a haircut.
I was certain that I was going to become the gossip of the office for several weeks, but that never happened. I'm sure it helped that I was wearing scrubs... let's be honest, they aren't the most flattering outfits ever made. So what you choose to wear around for the first several weeks will definitely make a big difference in whether people can tell or not.
"What do you know now, that you wish you had known before going back to work?"
There's one thing I really wish I had known about before going back to work... something I learned about while giving a presentation to my entire team during my first week back. It all started when I noticed that I was getting the look...
Be warned. Your nipples are going to be hard... a lot!
Ever since I got breast implants, my nipples get hard way more often than they used to. I've heard a lot of women say this since having their procedure, but I honestly didn't know about it before hand. Being prepared with a padded bra sure would have made things a lot easier my first week back at work :-) Honestly, I don't mind when they get hard, but in the middle of a presentation isn't my ideal moment! haha
I hope this helps set your mind at ease as you think about going back to work after you get breast implants. It was WAY less stressful than I ever imagined it was going to be, and I was pleasantly surprised at how supportive everyone was who knew about my breast augmentation. :-)