I'm considering just getting a breast lift. I'm currently a B cup and believe I have tubular breasts. I love to run, so I'm concerned about the healing time. How long (on average) until I'm able to continue my workout routine? Also, I'm black and don't have a history of keloiding, could I still be at risk?
What Can I Expect For Heal Time After Breast Lift? When Can I Begin Exercising Post-Op?
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Instructions after breast lift
Your surgeon should be able to guide you and give you in writing his/her post-operative instructions after breast lift surgery. typically for my patients: all incisions will be covered by steristrips, so all patients can shower from day # 1. But no hot baths, jaccuzzi, swimming in a ocean or pool for another 6 weeks or until I clear it.
No heavy lifting for 3 weeks: no more than a 3 LBS purse.
all sports activities can be resumed at 3 weeks post-op. wear 2 tight sports bras if running.
all my patients are instructed to start massaging their breasts from day # 1 with moisturizer, hand-held electrical massager or hand-held ultrasound devices ( you can purchase them for less than 100 $ on Amazon )
F. Mussat MD
Exercise after breast lift
The key to returning to exercise after breast lift surgery is to progress slowly. You should start with walking/elliptical type activities and progress slowly back to running. Depending on how you're healing, you may be able to begin running three to six weeks post surgically. Heavy lifting should be avoided for at least 6 weeks. Your surgeon should be able to advise you based on how your healing is progressing. Good luck.
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Breast Lift and Exercising Post op?
Thank you for the question.
You will find that your plastic surgeon will guide you, depending on exactly what is done and how your recovery proceeds, with specific guidelines to return to specific activities after surgery.
Generally speaking, most of my breast lift patients are able to return to lower body exercises (for example stationary bike) one week after surgery. Running may have to wait for approximately 6 weeks. I ask patients to abstain from heavy lifting for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.
Unfortunately, despite your lack of previous keloid scar formation, you are still at risk for keloid scarring after breast lifting surgery. Fortunately, most patients ( despite ethnicity and skin color) do not develop keloid scars.
Best wishes with your upcoming surgery.
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