Exercise After Breast Augmentation – What Works
People have become more conscious about their health than before, taking out time from their busy schedules to exercise. However, even half an hour of moderate exercise takes a backseat in the event of a big surgical procedure due to the long recovery period.
Women thinking of undergoing breast augmentation have questions about when they can finally resuming exercise.
Of course, this also depends on their recovery period after the procedure.
Recovery Period after Breast Augmentation
Like all surgical cosmetic procedures, breast augmentation requires recovery in order to gain optimal results. How long will your breast augmentation procedure take to fully recover? The downtime required as well as the amount of time needed for a full recovery depends on:
- Where the incision was placed
- Size of breast implant
- Breast implant was placed above or below pectoral muscle
Patients are recommended to minimize physical activity for 3-7 days, at least. They may resume more strenuous tasks after this period.
Walking, Running, Or Hiking
It is a good idea to include a short, easy walk in your recovery plan immediately following the days after your surgery. This will help ease “cabin fever” and reduce the risk of blood clots.
You can resume these light cardio activities about 2 weeks after surgery. Other considerations for maximum comfort during this period are:
- Wear a well-fitted and supportive bra (without an underwire)
- Stay hydrated and don’t strain your body
More strenuous and challenging cardio activities/hiking should take a longer period, between 6 and 8 weeks after surgery.
Dr. Sadrian, a board-certified plastic surgeon in San Diego recommends the best time to begin strength training is 2 weeks after surgery.
Limitations are placed to ensure the still recovering body isn’t over-exerted. You can resume light strength training only during this period, that too limited to the lower body.
Your chest muscles after breast augmentation needs sufficient time to heal completely. Yet squats or leg presses at the gym are acceptable forms of exercise during this time.
Again, it’s important you don’t overdo your body. Stop immediately if you feel worn out. You should be able to begin upper body strength training safely after 8 weeks have passed.
Plastic surgeons strongly discourage against submerging the breasts in any context in water, after surgery. This is because the incisions need to be kept clean and dry. However, you can get in the water or ocean safety after about 3 weeks. Even then you shouldn’t be swimming laps or treading water.
How will you know whether breast augmentation is right for you? Request a consultation with Dr. Sadrian today and find out.