Should Chest Exercises Be Stopped Before Breast Augmentation?

Hi, should I stop chest exercises i.e. bench press/push-ups etc. prior to Breast augmentation under muscle?

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Continue exercise as per your routine before your procedure


No need to stop your exercise regimen before your procedure.  I recommend no heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 3-4 weeks after your procedure.  I will clear my patients to start exercise as tolerated or resume heavy lifting in 3-4 weeks after their surgery *gradually*   The key word here is gradually.  You should be cleared to resume your activities without restrictions 4 weeks after your procedure.  Many of my patients have your activity level and some are semi-pro athletes or fitness professionals.  All have been able to return to their baseline strength and activity level without difficulty.  Please talk to your PS about his/her specific recommendations.  Best wishes.

Dr. Basu

Houston, TX

Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Stop two weeks before


I have my patients stop excercising their chest muscles for two weeks before surgery.  In my personal belief I believe this helps minimize post-operative pain and might reduce intraoperative bleeding.  

Vishnu Rumalla, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Stopping pectoralis muscle exercises prior to breast implant augmentation surgery


I may adivse competitive body builder like patients to stop working out for anywhere from 2-4 weeks prior to surgery to minimize bleeding during the procudure.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Chest exercises


Hi Kath,

No, you do not need to stop chest exercises before your surgery but I would not overdo it for the week before surgery to make sure you do not injure yourself.

However, after your surgery, you will need to wait about 6 weeks before you lift anything over 10 lbs.

Best regards,

Dr. Speron

Sam Speron, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon

Should chest exercises be stopped before Breast Augmentation?


Dear Kath,

No reason to stop them before the surgery - even though they will not materially increase your bust size.

You will need to stop them for a few weeks AFTER the surgery (especially if the implants are placed under the pectoralis major muscle) to reduce the risk of implants being shifted upwards and sideways.

Consult with your surgeon to see what he/she prefers.

Good Luck.

Peter A Aldea, MD, FACS

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Working out prior to breast surgery



I do not ask my patients to stop exercising prior to surgery but I do after surgery. I place the majority of my breast implants partially under the muscle so I ask patients to not lift greater than 10 pounds for 6 weeks after surgery and to wear a very good supportive bra when they resume exercise. I hope this helps.

Dr Edwards

Michael C. Edwards, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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