Breast Swelling After Running - Have Silicone Implants
- Asked by JennJenn11 in Huntington Beach CA
- 4 years ago
After I run my left breast swells and gets painfull for a few days. Should I worry? I am 2 and half months post surgery
I had a 285cc silicone implant. I only run for about 30-40 Minutes
Breast pain and swelling associated with running following breast augmentation definitely can occur!
You are only a couple months out from your breast augmentation procedure. Breast pain and swelling associated with running following breast augmentation definitely can occur and is common, especially if the implants are placed in the submuscular anatomic position. We advise our patients NOT to run or participate in high impact activities for six weeks following their surgery.
After this time, we recommend that our patients phase in their various physical activities, including running, in slow reasonable fashion. We also stress to our augmentation patients to wear two sports bras during the first six months especially for long distance running. If you have no allergies or gastrointestinal problems, taking over the counter anti-inflammatories prior to running and then afterward will often help.
I hope this helps!
See your doctor
Two months is still early after breast augmentation. Your body is growing new blood vessels in the breast tissue in response to the stress of surgery.
When you run, your heart pumps more blood into all of the body tissues, but especially muscles. Increased blood flow into your healing breast and chest muscle could certainly cause swelling.
However, since the swelling is more on one side, I recommend that you see your plastic surgeon for an exam. He will make sure there is no unusual swelling or issue on the one side that swells.
I suspect you will be fine and that the swelling will stop by 2-3 months after surgery.
Breast swelling and recovery after breast implants
The swelling may be due to residual edema post surgery, a large capsular pocket, or poor support from your sports bra. Do not be overly concerned at this point as it does not pose a health risk.
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It is possible to still see swelling and tenderness, 2 months after augmentation.
Be sure the athletic bra is giving you adequate support to minimize bouncing.
Do check in with your surgeon to be sure nothing abnormal is occurring.
Some swelling 2 1/2 months after breast augmentation not uncommon.
When you are jogging, there is some sheer force on the chest wall created but the breasts and the implants moving up and down with each stride. You can reduce this vector by wearing a very snug athletic bra (and maybe even 2). Even though you are permitted to run, healing is still occurring in your breast (and will continue for many months), so a little discomfort after a long run in not uncommon at all.
Breast implants and swelling
Chest swelling after breast implant surgery is normal. Certainly, 2 -3 months after surgery the majority of swelling has gone away, but with exercise it certainly is aggravated.
Do not be concerned at this time because 2 months post-op breast augmentation surgery is normal. Consult with your surgeon if you feel you have some issues or concerns. However, a little swelling is not uncommon after strenuous exercises, such as jogging. You should be fully recovered at about 6 months to a year. Until then, you have quite a bit of healing to do, so take care of yourself.
Wear supportive bras when running with implants
I have occasionally observed swelling like this is 2 patients both of which I was able to draw off some fluid which ended up being clear and yellow and compatible with a seroma.
However, I have several paitents who run or play tennis regularly without any problems.
I don't know what makes one different from another but I suspect it is the friction that causes the capsule to be irritated, inflamed, and fluid filled.
I would recommend that you use supportive garments and maybe even two "jog" bras while exercising. I have a patient who finds relief from horseback riding while using two tightly compressing bras while riding.
Running with implants
Thanks for your question -
The situation you describe is a little unusual and may relate to some incomplete healing in your left breast implant pocket. You should speak to your plastic surgeon regarding this problem. Likely it will resolve with about a month off from running.
Consideration for runners looking for breast augmentation
Some questions patients have asked me over the years.
Many patients have asked me to comment on their ability to run after breast augmentation or breast reconstruction using implants. I thought I'd use this forum to comment on our perspective at our San Francisco area practice. If you are a runner or jogger considering breast implants or one who has implants you may find some useful facts below.
Will breast implants cause back pain in runners over time?
People getting breast implants often wonder about why there's a segment of women looking for breast reduction - and of course vice-versa. Here's the problem with large breasts: Breasts can be heavy and can cause back, neck and shoulder pain as well as cause difficulty exercising. Typical breast reductions remove about a pound to a pound and a half of weight or more from each breasts and usually significantly improve back pain, neck pain and shoulder grooving. With this in mind, it is easy to imagine that large implants may lead to similar discomfort. Typically this is seen in later years as we get older but is still an important consideration. Running typically subjects the body to the shock of the feet hitting the ground - this force is transmitted through the knees, spine and pelvis. Large implants may increase this force over time as you as supporting additional weight, especially in the shoulders and spine.
Will breast implants change the way I run?
Getting breast implants which are large can get in the way of efficient arm movement. Part of running is the forward and back movement of both arms as we run. Typically this can be an issue with more established runners as they're patterns are more difficult to change.
Post op recovery - When can one run again after breast augmentation?What kind of weight lifting can I do right after breast augmentation?
Typically I recommend that a patient do no type of strenuous physical activity after surgery.It isn't just about avoiding usage of the pectoralis muscle as some have stated. It's also about avoiding strenuous activity that may raise your blood pressure and cause bleeding as well as avoiding situations where injury may occur when you're under the influence of pain medication.Typically I recommend no exercise for the first week to ten days and then a gradual increase in things like walking. I avoid all upper extremity exercise for at least three weeks.Usually people can begin activities like running or jogging at 6 weeks with appropriate support garments like sports bras.
Are cruches ok?
This question struck me as a little odd as most joggers don't need crutches after breast reconstruction or augmentation - however I have been asked about crutches several times. I typically I do not recommend my patients use crutches after sub-pectoral implants for breast augmentation (or breast reconstruction for that matter) as one of the major muscles supporting crutch usage is the pectoralis muscle. This can lead to increased chance of bleeding, pain and delayed healing as well as long term capsular contracture.
What about sweating?
Studies show that typical surgical wounds are largely sealed from the outside world in 24-48 hours. Breast augmentation places synthetic material in your body which can be more susceptible to infection so most surgeons are more cautious. Typically most doctors will recommend you avoid getting the incisions wet (same as heavy sweating) for the first few days. After that, although the incisions are still healing, most consider them immune to water. It is important to remember that this time may be extended if you have drains in place.
When I'm back to running again, what other precautions should I take?
Start back slowly. Any surgery requires a period of time where your body will not be at its physical peak. The early recovery time may take as long as eight weeks. Definitely wear a supportive sports bra whenever possible. Without the extra support you will have a greater risk of damaging the parts of your natural tissue that suspend your breasts - this can lead to ptosis - the medical term for sagging breasts. Using a good sports bra to protect your augmented breasts while jogging will also make the activity more comfortable.
As always - as techniques and individual practices vary it is important to have a conversation with a board certified plastic surgeon about these issues.
Hopefully this helps!
Running can cause breast swelling
I am an annual marathoner and can understand that with a relatively new implant, just two and a half months old, there still can be enough friction and movement of the implant in the pocket of the breast to cause swelling on one or both sides. The swelling is due to some fluid collecting around the implant, something which we call a seroma. As you rest the area the fluid will go away, and beyond the period of full healing or lack of inflammation in the breast and surrouding tissues the fluid will no longer accumulate.
You may have had your implants placed in a position under the muscle, and this does cause a muscle pull or tear. Like a running related injury these can take considerable time to heal. You may have had a muscle pull in the thigh during training and you may recall how well you feel after rest, only to find the pain returns with the stress of training even many weeks later.
As a solution you can try wearing two jog bras, one perhaps newer to provide more support. Also relax your arms and adjust your stride to a more gliding pace avoiding a heel strike.
As a final thought don't be afraid to cross train and a recumbent bike will reduce tension in the upper body. With patience and rest the swelling will stop.
Best of luck and best running!
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