6 weeks post Breast Augmentation. What exercises can and cannot be done after?

I had a revision 6 weeks ago, open capsulectomy and capsulorraphy to correct capsular contracture and an implant exchange. I am very active, I go to the gym every day and would like to know which exercises are safe and which can never be performed again post breast augmentation? Please advise.

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6 weeks post Breast Augmentation. What exercises can and cannot be done after?

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This is really something you should be asking your surgeon as he/she is the only one who knows exactly what was done in your surgery.  But if you were my patient and healing was smooth and there was nothing I was particularly concerned about, I would release you to slowly go back to your regular activity, perhaps giving another couple of weeks for anything very strenuous like heavy lifting or hitting the pavement, just to ensure the capsulorrhaphy holds.  ac


Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Capsulorraphy

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The unknown here is the capsulorraphy.  Only your surgeon can counsel you on your return to activities as he/she knows what was done in your particular case.  Otherwise most surgeons would allow full activities by six weeks for sure.  

David Marcus, MD
Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon
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Exercising 6-8 Weeks After Breast Augmentation

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You can resume upper body weight training and push-ups until six weeks after breast augmentation, however since your surgery was more complicated, you may need to wait a couple more weeks.

You can perform pretty much any exercise you'd like after you've fully recovered. However, it is best to find out the specifics from your surgeon. 

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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While you should always ask your surgeon, I routinely allow my patients to start light aerobics within about 3-4 weeks and heavy lifting and exertion by 6-8.

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Good Question and I wish more people would ask before simply resuming "normal" activities.

It depends on what you had done and why you needed it. Athletic ladies (such as yourself) are at risk because of several factors. First of all, you frequently have higher risks of capsular contracture if you're taking antiplatelet drugs such as multivitamins, fish oils, vitamin E because they cause minor bleeding around the implant which is inflammatory and the body reacts to this with increased scar formation (capsular contracture). Secondly, weight lifters need to have the capsulorraphy more often REGARDLESS OF THE SIZE OF THE IMPLANT because the forceful contraction of the pectoralis muscle repeatedly pushes the implants downward and outward, making your cleavage gap wider, the implants lower, and the nipples tend to sit too high on the implants. . In other words, these activities make the implant likely to "bottom out" which is repaired by capsulorraphy.

So, please check with you PS and be sure that you're not undoing the recent surgical correction . 

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Assuming you have had no complications and are healing normally, I would say you should have no limitation

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I would refrain from doing any significant upper body exercises either low load or heavy repetitive work until cleared by your plastic surgeon. I believe it would be safe to do some cardiac work with good support however I would surely discuss this as well with your surgeon before going ahead Best wishes!

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