Many of our patients are committed to their exercise routine and might be a bit reluctant about having any type of cosmetic surgery performed because of the down-time. Active women who want to change the appearance of their breasts with breast augmentation surgery want to know how long they will need to recuperate and avoid exercise post-op.
If you are wondering what exercises you can do after breast augmentation and how soon you can return to normal physical activity, this guide will help you choose the best post-breast augmentation workouts for each phase of your healing process. Many women will tell you that breast augmentation is much easier than you think it would be, but you certainly don’t want to rush your recovery and jeopardize your results.
When Can I Exercise After Breast Augmentation?
Every patient is different and in every case you should listen to your board certified plastic surgeon about your specific exercise timeline after breast augmentation or other plastic surgery procedures. If you are physically fit and work out regularly, that probably makes you a good candidate for breast implants, and these general guidelines to exercise during recovery should be in line with your doctor’s recommendations.
Exercise in the First Few Days After Breast Augmentation
The good news is that you’ll be able to start light walking immediately after your augmentation. This helps with circulation, but be sure you don’t overdo it. For the first five days you should spend your time resting and treating any swelling or discomfort. It is important to get up and walk around your home, and you may perform light tasks like showering or walking to the mailbox.
Exercising Two Weeks After Breast Augmentation
Two weeks after your procedure, you can take it to the next step, which includes activities like walking uphill or on a treadmill, with your doctor’s approval. Most patients are cleared for light activity, including returning to work if your occupation is not physically strenuous. You should still avoid intensive cardio exercise, running, swimming, pushups, or any high-intensity workouts.
Physical Activity One Month After Breast Augmentation
Four weeks after your breast implant or enhancement surgery, you will still need to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous chest or breast-lifting exercises like pushups or bench presses. You can resume moderate intensity running, cardio, and swimming, but you should wear a supportive bra and listen to your body and your doctor’s recommendations.
Working Out Six Weeks After Breast Augmentation Surgery
Six weeks post-op, most patients are given the go-ahead to resume all physical activities. It is important to keep your follow-up appointments with your plastic surgeon and make sure your body is ready for strenuous workouts, weight lifting, or intensive strength training before you go back to your former routine. If at any time you feel pain or heaviness around your breasts, stop that type of activity and discuss it with your doctor.
Typical Exercise Timeline After Breast Augmentation
These sample activities might be appropriate for each phase of your healing, with approval from your plastic surgeon:
- Day 1-4. Rest and take short easy walks throughout the day. Avoid all strenuous activity.
- Day 5-10. Moderate stretching and longer walks are suitable. Keep upper body stretches to what feels comfortable and avoid overusing the pectoral muscles.
- Day 10-14. Slowly introduce new activities; a gentle gym workout of the lower body, cycling, or stair climbing are a good start. Avoid running or high impact exercise.
- Week 2-3. Low-impact cardio exercise can begin, but weight training should still be lower body only. Upper body exercise should be limited to stretching and comfortable cardio movements.
- Week 4-6. Slowly introduce upper body strength training and more strenuous workouts that include running. Avoid lifting weights over your head until your final follow-up appointment.
Give Yourself Permission to Be Your Best Self
Taking the best care of your body often includes cosmetic surgery, as well as a healthy exercise routine and diet. Scheduling a consultation with the Aesthetic Surgery Institute in Houston, TX will provide all the answers you need about how to take care of yourself before, during, and after a confidence-boosting breast augmentation.
Choosing an experienced Houston cosmetic surgeon with a proven track record is important to your results and your overall experience. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Do is your trusted local doctor with international recognition and acclaim. To find out more about exercising after breast augmentation, reaching your aesthetic goals, and feeling confident in your beautiful body, contact us online or call today at (713) 892-5476 to schedule your free consultation.