What happens to Breast Implants if I work out my pectoral muscles; ie, push ups? Are there different exercises I can do? Are pull ups ok?
Is It Safe to Exercise Chest Muscles After Breast Implants?
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Safe to exercise pectoral muscles after Breast implants
Yes. After you are completely healed.
There is NO point in having a breast augmentation if it will change the way you live. Once the surgery is completely healed in a few months you should be able to resume all your previous activities.
A few years ago, Dr. Baker, a senior member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, from Florida, presented a memorable paper on the negligible effect of (subpectoral) breast augmentation in PROFESSIONAL female body builders. The ability of those women to lift large weights was studied on Cybex machines and was proven not to be significantly changed by the operation.
If they can do it - so can you.
Pectoralis exercise after breast enlargement or augmentation
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To some degree, we immediately want you to perform pectoralis stretching exercises to minimize postoperative pain due to spasm (similar to a contracting hamstring pull).
However, I generally advise my patients to avoid pectoralis strengthening exercises: such as wide stance push ups or bench press.
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I ask my patients to refrain from pec exercise for 8 weeks after surgery to let the pocket around the implants mature.
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After a subpectoral breast augmentation, a patient may resume exercise (push-ups, weight training) once the pectoral muscles have fully healed. This may take two to three months before the muscles have healed enough to perform strenuous activity. Patients may experience some discomfort and pain when they resume these types of activities, so I advise patients to proceed slowly at first with lighter weights. You may also notice that the implants will move as your pectoral muscles contract- this is normal.
Consult with your plastic surgeon prior to resuming a strenous exercise routine after breast augmentation.
After a sub muscular breast enlargement I allow the patient to resume full activity
It would be awful to change the way you live in order to have breast implants. After the breast are fully healed I allow the patient to resume full activity including weight training. The breast will certainly look different when working out but when not flexing the muscles they will look quite normal. The only exception to this is if you are a body builder who plans to pose. In that case you will have distortion of your appearance when you flex. Quite honestly even if you are or are not a body builder I prefer to place silicone gel implants under the muscle through a peri areolar incision. This to me looks and feels more normal. It will also take away from any work out distortion.
Usually safe to exercise pectoral muscles after breast implants
Most active women exercise after they have breast implant surgery. Sometimes things change particularly in larger implant cases though. Each woman finds her own place here relative to what she can and cannot do. Unless you went really large on the implant size, you are usually able to do everything you were able to do before.
The bottom line: ask your surgeon.
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Thank you for your post. In general, I ask my patients to keep away from aerobic activities in the first 2 weeks following surgery. Increased activity can increase swelling and hyper-swelling can cause stretch marks. Following this, 'non-bouncing' aerobic activity is fine, such as speed walking or cycling, but would like to keep the implants from moving too much until the capsule that forms around the implant has a chance to heal and become stronger. At 6 weeks, I clear any type of activity. When your implants are under the muscle, the implants can be gradually displaced to the armpit area over a prolonged period of time with a lot of chest exercises. Textured implants resist this displacement better than smooth, however, it is still possible. If you are worried about this, you may consider to place the implants above the muscle.
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