Exercising after breast augmentation — when can I go back to the gym?

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

May 30, 2014 10:00:00 AM

exercising after breast augmentationUndergoing breast augmentation is an exciting adventure, but if you follow a regular fitness routine, taking time off from the gym for your recovery may feel like a low point in your journey. You may be used to your routine and care about how you look and feel, so it is natural to worry about staying away from the gym for too long. Thankfully, the recovery period doesn’t last forever. By starting out slowly under the guidance of your doctor at Monarch Plastic Surgery, you can ease your way through recovery and get back to the gym without losing too much ground on the fitness front.

Throughout your recovery, it is imperative that you follow your surgeon’s recovery instructions as closely as possible, including recommendations for returning to fitness activities. Below are general recovery guidelines, but be sure to follow your doctor’s specific instructions.

The first two weeks after breast augmentation

Immediately after breast augmentation surgery and for the first week or two, you will experience swelling and discomfort requiring rest to allow healing of the tissues. The goal of the first two weeks is to focus on healing and for your body to adjust to your new breasts. Your movements will be limited, and it is important to avoid any type of exercises that are vigorous or moderate, and to avoid anything with impact.

You won’t be able to lift more than 10 pounds and will be limited in how far you can raise your arms. This is to protect your surgical incisions, to allow your muscles and breast tissue to begin recovering, and to ensure that your sutures and bandages remain in place. Your surgeon may demonstrate some static stretches or allow you to take walks, but beyond these, don’t expect to be doing too much.

Two to six weeks after breast augmentation

Many patients are released to more activities by two weeks, but you will still have limits and your body will still be healing. Although your swelling, bruising, and any pain should have gone down significantly by this point, you may still have some discomfort as your body continues to heal and your breasts begin to settle into their new shape and position.

Even if you feel and look significantly better since your first day of recovery, you will still need to keep the intensity down, be cautious with any upper body exercises, and avoid any activities that may be considered medium or high impact. Most patients are able to begin incorporating some leg exercises after two weeks, but for cardio, keep it low to no-impact by exercising on a stationary bike or elliptical machine. Although you may be able to use the stationary bike with ease, you should avoid using a regular bicycle for the moment. It is alright to work up a sweat, as long as you do it with your doctor’s permission and avoid activities that strain the chest and upper body muscles or have moderate to high impact.

More than six weeks after breast augmentation

Under your doctor’s guidance, many women are able to start upper body resistance stretches and light weight, high-repetition strength exercises for the upper body. By six to seven weeks, many women are able to begin adding a little more intensity and moderate impact exercises, but your doctor’s recommendations will depend on your specific needs and how your body is responding to the recovery process. Over time, you should be able to go back to your regular fitness routine, but if you have any concerns or questions, be sure to contact your surgeon at Monarch Plastic Surgery for assistance.

Regardless of when you are released back to your fitness routine and the gym, be sure to go slow and steady and follow your surgeon’s recommendations. The primary goal during recovery is healing. With proper healing and by easing slowly back into your exercise routine, you will be protecting your investment. Jumping back into too much too soon can lead to complications, such as the less than ideal final position of your implants, uneven or excess scar tissue along the incisions, or capsular contracture. If you have any concerns during your recovery, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor.

To learn more about breast augmentation or how to ease back into your fitness routine after augmentation surgery, call Monarch Plastic Surgery today at (913) 338-4440.

Topics: Breast augmentation

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