When can I start exercising after breast augmentation?

I've decided upon submuscular implants of 400 cc but since I am a very active person and a little bit of a fitness maniac who participates in all sorts of competitions and trainings I am concerned about the post op. How soon after the surgery can I start exercising again and does the size of the implants influence the period of time before I can exercise again?

infinitea

F, 33, California

There are several schools of thought on this topic.  After approximately two weeks you should be able to return to a moderate level of activity. The trick in the early stages of recovery is that there is a lot of post-op swelling and healing occurring, and exercising causes your blood pressure to rise and elevates your heart rate – something you want to avoid in the early going. There is also concern about other issues like tearing, internal bleeding, or capsular contracture.

After the initial recovery period and your return to moderate activity, you should be able to begin weight training, chest exercises, and other activities involved with your usual workout routine.

You should consult with several qualified plastic surgeons who have experience in this type of plastic surgery. Experience with breast augmentation patients for female athletes is a plus. They’ll work with you to set a timetable for your recovery period and determine when it will be best for you to return to more strenuous activities.

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Following breast augmentation surgery it’s a good idea to ease yourself into any kind of physical activity. Women who are active and undergo breast augmentation typically want to resume their workout routines as quickly as they can, especially when it comes to enhancements to the upper body.

I suggest you consult with a few board-certified plastic surgeons to determine the scope of the procedure and the impact the size of your breast implants will have on your recovery time. In a perfect world, it would be best if you could find plastic surgeons with experience performing augmentation surgery on female athletes, as they will be more familiar with women who live an active lifestyle.

It’s important for your body to heal after any surgical procedure and breast augmentation patients are no different. It could be a number of weeks (six to eight weeks or more) before you can go back to your former level of activity and everyday exercise routine. The two weeks post-op should be dedicated to recovery and healing of the breast tissue. After that, you can likely return to some low impact or moderate activity level, such as riding a stationary bike or walking (light cardio). From there you can gradually return to other activities, but be sure to ask your doctor about wearing a supportive sports bra. There are many different opinions about how soon a patient should return to their active lifestyle. Waiting a while before resuming certain activities may provide you with the best outcome.

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Hi infinitea,


I have found that most of my patients interested in breast augmentation are extremely active. I have operated on many fitness models with the same concerns as well. I prefer my patients to wait 4 weeks before resuming light cardio. After 6 weeks my patients are able to resume full activity. Because you are interested in 400 cc implants it is very important for you to not work out in the first few weeks. With early exercise, the weight of the implant can put pressure on your incision and widen your scar, or even worse cause the incision line to open. Our patients' safety comes first after surgery!