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
5.0 out of 5 stars 92 reviews

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
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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!

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Two Weeks Before Hitting The Beach After Breast Augmentation

It depends on what you are planning to do at the beach or what kind of work you do. If you are just sunbathing, then you may be able to do this after two weeks, however you should cover up your incisions well to avoid making them worse. You will also be able to go swimming, but do not strain yourself. For work, you can go back to sedentary desk work after about 5 days to a week, or longer if it is physically demanding. If you need to lift things at work, then you should wait until about 6 weeks.  

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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How Soon After Breast Augmentation Can I Resume Activities?

Timing to return to specific types of exercise will vary from one patient to another. Best to check with your plastic surgeon for specific advice. Generally, I suggest patients gradually ease back into the strenuous aerobic exercise 4 to 6 weeks postoperatively, assuming that they are doing well and there have been no complications. Lower body exercise can generally be resumed 2 weeks postoperatively.  Use common sense, listen to your body, and gradually resume previous activity. In my practice, I ask patients to avoid contact and strenuous exercise involving the  pectoralis major muscles ( such as push-ups, bench press,   burpees,  dancing on a poleā€¦) for at least 3-6 months.  Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
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Working and sunning

Every surgeon has slightly different preferences - check with yours when scheduling your procedure.

Many patients with desk jobs can return to work after three days. People with active jobs may take a week to feel comfortable. You should not do any lifting, pushing, or strenuous arm activity for four weeks. No swimming (hot tub, pool, ocean) or baths for two weeks while your incisions heal- protect your investment! Avoid the sun for at least a week after surgery. You should keep your incisions covered with cloth and sunscreen for the first year to get the best possible scar.

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Augmentation Recovery

Each surgeon has different viewpoints regarding return to activity after breast augmentation.For the most part, womencan return to most normal day-to-day activities such as driving within three to five days after breast augmentation.Many surgeons will caution a woman to restrict movement of the arm and shoulder area for a few weeks after the procedure.Unless a woman has a job that requires heavy lifting, most patients will return to work within one week.Normally, all restrictions can be lifted after one month.

John J. Edney, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Activity after Breast Augmentation

In my practice, I require patients to avoid lifting more than 5 pounds for 2 weeks after surgery.  Generally, walking is fine within a few days of surgery and can be progressed after I see you at your first post op visit. There will be swelling after surgery which is normal.  Heat and sun at the beach can exacerbate the swelling so I would advise avoiding extreme heat and sun exposure for 4 weeks following surgery.

Christopher J. Morea, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Resuming activities after Breast Augmentation


I use a rapid recovery breast augmentation technique and my patients are resuming normal activities within days! Speak to your surgeon about his/her anticipated recovery. Not every surgeon uses rapid recovery techniques and I have heard of some patients being miserable for weeks.

Matthew Schulman, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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