How Soon After Breast Augmentation Can I Resume Activities?

How soon after Breast Augmentation can I start working or going to the beach? I'm planning to do my surgery during summertime.

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Activity following breast augmentation


Each surgeon has their own post operative preference.  In general post operative restrictions are designed to prevent certain complications and each category has a different time frame:

Day 1-7

Hematoma.  Keeping a low blood pressure and heart rate may prevent blood vessels which have been sealed from opening up.

Infection.  Avoiding submerging your incisions in water early will prevent possible infection

Day 8-14

Swelling:  Excessive excercise or activity may prolong post op swelling and tenderness.

In general, normal daily activities can be resumed post op day 1.  Some level of excercise can be begin day 14 and slowly increased until back to full activity.

All the best,

Dr Repta


Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Resume activities after breast augmentation

I am sure that your surgeon will have definitive ideas about when she/he wants patients to resume activities after surgery. I would suggest following your surgeon's advice rather than information you will find online. Having said that the two most common complications immediately after breast augmentation are bleeding and infection. Therefore much of the post operative insturctions will be concerned about minimizing the risks of bleeding and infection. Things that increase heart rate or blood pressure are best avoided immediately after surgery as are things that can contaminate the surgical incision.

Michael B. Tantillo, MD
Boston Plastic Surgeon
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Different activities take different amounts of time to resume

The first question is where the implant is placed..above or below the muscle? I like my active patients to resume some activity as soon as possible. Walking , a treadmill or a stair master are all great to begin within a few days. Classes for fitness take a little longer due to the bouncing afffect which can be uncomfortable. Typically the full recovery with no restrictions is six to eight weeks. If the implant is under the muscle then no peck or lat activity for the full six weeks. These are my personal recommendations for my patients using my surgical technique. All the best.

Talmage J. Raine, MD
Champaign Plastic Surgeon
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It’s best to ease back into work and leisure after a breast augmentation.

Each surgeon has his or her own timeline for post-operative recovery, but a general guideline is at least one week off from work. Depending upon the physicality or other demands of your job, two weeks may be necessary. Some ease back into work by telecommuting during the first two weeks. At the two week mark you can begin to resume gentle exercise, which means you can head to the beach. It’s recommended to avoid submersion in water for eight weeks after your surgery. (You can dip your toe in the water, but you shouldn’t swim.) Take great care to cover your incisions and protect them from sun exposure.

Post op recovery

Each surgeon is different.  On the one hand I want you feeling as normal as possoble by 24 hours post op.  On the other hand, I want you to protect your results and wait 2.5 weeks to get your heart rate up and sweat.  I would wait 6 weeks to lift more than 20 pounds.  You could definitely do things differently but I have had very problems with this protocol. 

Recommendations for Breast Augmentation Healing Times

Every surgeon you talk to you will have different guidelines - it's also important to listen to your plastic surgeon's recommendations as they are familiar with the particularities of your surgery. Generally speaking, though, we recommend that patients take a full week off of work, spending time resting and relaxing to maximize healing. About two weeks after your surgery you can start to exercise gently. This means you can enjoy some time beach side, but don't do any strenuous swimming. We generally recommend that breast augmentation patients refrain from baths, hot tubs, or other instances where your incisions might be submerged in water for 8 weeks after surgery. Make sure your incisions are covered and protected from UV exposure. 

Breast Augmentation and Getting Back to Work or to the Beach

After a breast augmentation you should not have much trouble getting back to work and doing things like going to the beach within a few days of your surgery. The rapid recovery protocol works very well to help with this. You will not be healed, meaning that you may still be a little sore but you can easily get back to work in 4 or 5 days and get out to the beach within a couple of days after your breast augmentation.

I have added a video and link to a page on recovery for you.

I hope that helps.

Best regards.

Brian Windle, MD
Kirkland Plastic Surgeon
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Take care of your results

Breast augmentation is a short surgery which is typically performed as an outpatient. I prefer the patients take a week off from work. At that point they can return to work or school, but should refrain from all vigorous physical activity. At 1 month, they can resume cardio type exercises. At 2 months they can lift weights.

Activity after breast augmentation

My patients are instructed to wait two weeks after breast augmentation before starting exercise. They need to start slowly and use a supportive bra.

Frank J. Ferraro, MD
Paramus Plastic Surgeon
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How soon after breast augmentation can I resume activities?

Hello! Thank you for your question! After any surgical procedure, you should be careful with incisions as well as avoidance of direct UVA and UVB rays in order to lessen the chance for hyperpigmentation of the skin and scars, which can take several months to resolve, if it ever does. The ability of the affected area to heal has been slowed and you should try to avoid additional swelling to the area. The area will likely be numb for several weeks to months and will be difficult to feel when sunburn is coming on.

Typical recommendations include wearing a hat and/or sunblock to the affected area for at least 6-12 weeks following the procedure. It takes up to one year for scars to fully mature. You should also avoid trauma to the area for several months to protect the refinements made during the procedure. Also, avoidance of pools/lakes/jacuzzis/etc for 4-6 weeks is usually recommended to allow adequate healing and protection from stagnant water, that could potentially harbor bacteria.  Lifting/exercise restrictions are common for at least 6 weeks.  Certainly discuss the postoperative instructions with your surgeon, as thoughts differ among surgeons. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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