When can you exercise after breast augmentation?
Exercise after surgery
I ask my patients to wait until they are completely comfortable to exercise after surgery. They need to start at 2 weeks and use a supportive bra. I want them to start slowly and they feel pain then stop for a few days. (Frank J. Ferraro, MD, Paramus Plastic Surgeon)
Advise for exercise after breast augmentation
Exercise after breast surgery is advisable, but you should begin with low impact relaxed exercise and build up gradually over 6 weeks to return to normal exercise routine. During the first 2 weeks after augmentation, you are at an increased risk of bleeding with vigorous exercise.
I advise walking, as much as tolerated, in the first two weeks. I advise patients to return to light exercise (low resistance ellipse, etc.) in weeks 2-4, then moderate exercise including light weight training in weeks 4-6, and then unrestricted after 6 weeks. (John Zavell, MD, FACS, Toledo Plastic Surgeon)
Exercise after breast augmentation surgery
I think its okay to do light body weight exercise – treadmill, stair climbing, walking – shortly after breast augmentation surgery. Weight bearing exercise, barbell work, gymnastics, Crossfit, Zumba should be curtailed for 6 weeks to give the pectoral muscles a rest. (Scott C. Sattler, MD, FACS, Seattle Plastic Surgeon)
Exercise and Breast Augmentations
My philosophy is wait 6wks. I know lots of doctors tell their patients that they can resume activity in a 1-2wks but I think that is too soon. There is lots of swelling and healing occuring and when one exercises the blood pressure rises and the breast augmentation swelling will worsen. Additionally the muscle is healing and you can tear it and cause internal bleeding and get either a hematoma or capsular contracture. (Rady Rahban, MD, Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon)
Give it at least ten days.
I ask patients to refrain from any strenuous exercise for ten days. That is, don’t do anything that raises your blood pressure or gets you to the point of perspiration. Walking is fine. You can walk miles and not raise your blood pressure. I usually see patients back at the ten day post operative time, and if everything looks good, I allow patients back to exercise. The benefit of taking it easy for the first ten days is that it allows your body to heal without interruption. The scar that your body forms around the implants we want to heal smoothly and softly. (Stephan Finical, MD, Charlotte Plastic Surgeon)
Best Advice for Exercise
It is always best if you do not elevate your blood pressure or heart rate above your resting rate for 3-4 weeks after surgery. No lifting over 20 pounds or strenuous activity for 4 weeks. (David L. Robbins, MD, FACS, West Des Moines Plastic Surgeon)
Take one week off
I commend you for staying healthy and fit. Take one week off completely – only light walking. You don’t want to risk getting a hematoma (blood clot). The second week you can do the bike and lower body exercises.
After three weeks you can do anything except running, impact sports, and upper chest weight lifting. By 4-6 weeks you can resume any activity you like. (Grant Stevens, MD, Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon)
Exercise Following Breast Augmentation Surgery
I realize how important an exercise routine can be to both physical and mental well being. After any surgery, it is absolutely essential to avoid excessive activity in order to be able to heal successfully. If you do too much too soon you can cause excess swelling and bleeding that may result in capsule formation that could permanently damage your results. You can also cause the implants to shift and assume an abnormal position that may require another surgery to correct. This does not mean that you have to just sit on the cough for three weeks, however. You can walk after the first couple of days and do a slow treadmill after the first week or so. The issue is to avoid getting your heart rate and blood pressure up as that would result in the swelling and bleeding. Using your legs gently would be okay but strenuous use of any muscle can cause problems too. I know that three weeks of limitations seem like forever, but you have to look at the big picture and realize that it is just part of the commitment you have to make to have your surgery turn out beautifully. (Marie E. Montag, MD, Omaha Plastic Surgeon)