After you’ve had a breast augmentation, you’ll soon be feeling ready to get back to daily life. Exercise is one of the best ways to improve your physical and emotional health, so understandably, many patients want to start moving again ASAP.
The good news is, if you use a qualified plastic surgeon for your augmentation, you should heal relatively quickly, and you’ll be back on your feet before you know it. If you’re an avid exerciser, you’ll likely find that you can go back to your usual activities within a few weeks, with no ill effects on your workout routine. The only difference might be how amazing you look in your workout gear!
If you’re wondering how to start working out with your new breast implants, follow these guidelines:
- Listen to your doctor. Your plastic surgeon will tell you when you can try certain activities — and the high impact ones will need to wait longer than the low-impact. Don’t push it and try something that’s not recommended. Even just a few days too early could set you back. Your surgeon has knowledge and expertise of what the body needs after breast augmentation, and these instructions will help you heal as quickly and easily as possible. Healing is your number-one priority, and overdoing it will not help you in the long run.
- If you try something and it’s not comfortable, stop. Don’t shoot for “no pain, no gain.” High-impact activities like aerobics and running, as well as heavy arm exercises like upper body strength training or the elliptical, may need to wait. In the meantime, spinning, walking, and other exercises that don’t involve a lot of bouncing or vigorous arm movement may be best.
- Get a new sports bra that offers real support. Most sports bras are simply stretchy cotton material that flatten the breasts to your body with compression. Not only will you need a different size after augmentation, but you’ll need real support to avoid pulling on the skin and tissue -- even for light impact activities like walking. Look for a sports bra that provides plenty of support in the band that goes around your back, thick straps that don’t move or dig into your shoulders, and adequate cups that fit properly but don’t compress the breasts. Many of these will have a hook in the front or back, much like a standard bra — not the type that pull over your head.
You deserve the proper time to heal and recover from plastic surgery. Exercise is important, but you need to protect your breasts by doing only what’s comfortable, wearing the correct support, and seeing your surgeon for follow-up care. These simple steps will have you back to your normal activities as quickly as possible.
Are you interested in learning more about breast augmentation and how it can help you look and feel your best? Download our free e-book, The Basics of Breast Augmentation. When you’re ready, we encourage you to request a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery, or call us today at (913) 663-3838 for our Lansing, Leawood, and Lee’s Summit offices, or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location to learn more about your options for plastic surgery.