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How Long After Breast Augmentation Until I Can Do Lower Body Work Outs?

It's almost been a month since my breast augmentation? Small b with 340cc (saline). How long till I can at least do lower body work outs for my legs?

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Lower body workout skin usually begin a week or 2 after breast augmentation.


Thank you for your question. Of course you must follow the directions and instructions provided by your plastic surgeon.

In my practice patients can begin lower body work outs a week or 2 weeks after breast augmentation if that healing has progressed normally. I do suggest that my patients sees exercise if they begin to feel discomfort in the breast region caused by increased blood flow.

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Boston Plastic Surgeon
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Resuming exercise after Breast Augmentation


Simply answer:  2 weeks!   I let all my patients resume full cardio and exercise at 2 weeks.  The risk of developing a post-operative hematoma is virtually ni at this time point. The only thing that usually requires a bit more time is any upper body weight lifting, especially if it involves the chest muscles.  Assuming you had a subpectoral (under the muscle) breast augmentation, I don't remember any military presses or "butter-flies" that focus the chest (pectoralis) muscle. Also I don't recommend lots of push-ups either.  If patients really try to "overwork" or develop their pectoralis (chest) muscles after subpectoral breast augmentation then there is a higher chance of malposition of the implant and developing an "animation deformity" which is when the patient "flexes" their chest muscles and gets movement of the implants.  I hope this helps


James F. Boynton, M.D., F.A.C.S.

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Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Lower body exercise after breast augmentation


I usually let my patients do lower body work-out 3-4 weeks after breast augmentation.  I want them to wait about 6 weeks for full chest and upper body exercise.  Your plastic surgeon may have a different recommendation; so you need to ask her/him.

Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Lower body excercises


I allow my patients to resume aerobic lower body activities 2 weeks after surgery.  I prefer no weight training for three weeks after surgery. 

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Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Exercise after augmentation


I usually have patients wait 3-4 weeks to restart light aerobics and 4-6 weeks to begin heavy lifting exercises.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Ask your surgeon about return to exercise after breast augmentation


Every plastic surgeon has his or her own guidance as to return to exercise after surgery. If for example your implants are subfascial then you go be back to full activity quite early but under muscle would be longer. In either case you should be able to do lower body workouts 4 weeks post-op but clear it with your surgeon.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Working Out After Augmentation


I too would allow you to leg lifts and other exercises which key on the lower extremites and do not affect the chest area.  I ask my patients to wait up to 6 weeks after augmentation to do things which stress the chest.  I agree that you should ask your surgeon this question.

Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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Exercise after breast augmentation


I'd have let you do this at 2 weeks in my practice but ask your doctor so you are following their plan.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Exercise after BAM


Most of my patients are comfortable to return to a desk job in a matter of days.   But no heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 3-4 weeks.  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

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Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 101 reviews

Exercise after Breast Augmentation


I feel most patients can begin lower body workout routines within two weeks of surgery as long as you do not overdo it. You blood pressure and pulse may rise but the risk of bleeding at this time is very low. Full exercise except push ups and bench work is permissible at three weeks. This is my routine and other surgeons may have different thoughts.

Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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