Is It Safe to Exercise Chest Muscles After Breast Implants?

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?

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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.

Good Luck.

Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Pectoralis exercise after breast enlargement or augmentation


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.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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No Exercise Limitations After Breast Augmentation Healing

My instructions to my patients is that after 6 weeks they are able to do any exercises that they would normally do including intensive upper extremity exercises.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Pec exercise after augmentation

I ask my patients to refrain from pec exercise for 8 weeks after surgery to let the pocket around the implants mature.

Exercise after breast augmentation

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.

Best wishes,

Dr. Bruno

William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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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.

Carl W. 'Rick' Lentz III, MD
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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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.

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon
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Returning to Exercise & Work following Breast Augmentation

Recovery from breast augmentation surgery varies from patient to patient. We generally recommend that patients take a week off from work after this procedure. Occasionally, patients return to work even sooner, especially if they have a desk job. Patients are not allowed to return to strenuous activities for at least six to eight weeks. At that point they are allowed to resume all of their normal activities.

Each patient is unique and should be considered individually. The vast majority of patients should be able to resume activities that utilize their pectoralis muscles at six to eight weeks following surgery. This should include push-ups, pull ups, and heavy lifting. Patients should go slowly at first and listen to their bodies. It’s important to realize that contractions of the pectoralis muscle may cause distortion of the underlying breast implants. 

After everything has healed

Once the implants are healed you should be able to do any exercise you want.  If however it is particularly painful, then you are doing too much for your body at that time.

Exercise Chest Muscles After Breast Implants

Each surgeon has his or her guidelines regarding postoperative care. Typically, patients can return to light activity 3 - 5 days after surgery. More strenuous activity can begin 3 - 6 weeks post surgery. Consult with your surgery as he or she knows the specifics about you and the scope of the surgery.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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