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7 Doctor Answers | Asked by Elanore8 in Los Angeles, CA
The answer to your question really depends on what you mean by swimming. If you are asking about vigorous swimming, I would suggest that you wait 3-4 weeks assuming that you have no problems with primary wound healing. On the other hand, I have no problem with my patients getting in a pool to cool off a few days after surgery if they are not actively swimming.
In my personal patients I allow swimming after full incision healing. Early is 3 weeks usually 6 weeks.
The "danger" of swimming is either infection from unclean water or injury from doing too much too soon. Just going into the water is safe from infedtion if the incisions are totally healed (sealed off against germs). The level of exercise you can tolerate will improve as time goes by. Most people could do full gym exercise by 6 weeks, and begin working up to it after about 3.
There is considerable variability with regards to recommendations on swimming following a breast reduction or a breast lift. The recommendation that I give my patients is to refrain from swimming for a minimum of 4 weeks provided that all their wounds are healed. If there are open, unhealed areas, these need to heal before swimming.
My rule is you can swim after all incision lines are closed. This can be as early as one month if all is going well. Once you are healed, enjoy the freedom of smaller breasts in a swimming suit!
Thank you for your question. Of course you will need to check with your physician, but generally if everything is well healed between 6-8 weeks post op surgery, you can go into the pool. Keep in mind that sometimes there is delayed wound healing after surgery and if that occurs, you would need to wait and not go into a pool until all incision lines are healed. I hope this helps.
Hi Elanore8, You should, of course, clear this with your own plastic surgeon. In my practice, I normally advise patients to avoid exercising for three weeks after surgery, at which point they can start slowly (gentle stretching) and advance as tolerated. If it's a question of just getting in a pool and getting the incisions wet, then it's probably okay by about a week, although if you still have some drainage or scabs (which is likely at a few days), you may have some...