Can I do leg exercises or not? 2 weeks post op (photo)

I am very depressed that I cannot go to the gym. He advised me to only walk. I still go to the gym and use the stationary bike, elliptical (without using the arm handles) and I do lower body exercises. his secretary said that I can do leg exercises or anything lower body so I'm not sure what to do and they are very vague in their responses. I must admit I even lifted very heavy using the leg machines at the gym and yesterday I did biceps lol. Is there anything I can do for the swelling?

Doctor Answers (10)

BBA

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You should follow the instructions of your PS.  If not , you risk having a negative result and you would not be happy about that.


Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Leg exercises 2 weeks post-op breast surgery

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I can understand wanting to get back to your exercise routine but you must follow your surgeon's instructions because you don't want to do anything to compromise your results. I typically allow walking on treadmill at around 2 weeks and back to most regular activity at 3-4 weeks. Take it slow and gradually work up. Anything like running, heavy lifting, yoga, cross fit, etc...is more like 6-8 weeks depending on how you are healing. I know you are most likely feeling better and antsy, so go see your surgeon for a follow up visit and ask exactly what he would release you to do. ac

Angela Champion, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Activities after Breast Augmentation

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Many women who love the gym and exercise want to get back to the their routines after breast augmentation surgery. Most implants are placed under the pectoral muscle with a controlled cutting of that muscle. Most muscle tears take 6-8 weeks to heal. If in the early post operative period you tear more muscle than what was performed in surgery, especially a smooth walled implant, will develop a larger pocket in the new area that may affect where the implant settles. So, it is your best interest to be patient and allow yourself to heal. I tell my patients that I do not want any bouncing our strong pectoral muscle contractions for 6 weeks. One can walk, use the stationary bicycle, and elliptical without the arms. Light arm activity is also allowed.

If you want earlier return to activity use a textured implant. They hold their position better and we allow return to activity within 3 weeks when a textured shaped or round implant is utilized.

Scott Haupt, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon

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