When Can I Start Lifting After BA?

I had a breast augmentation 5 weeks and 3 days ago. I had 325 cc submuscular. I have had no problems and very little pain. My doctor cleared me at 3 weeks, but that just seemed a lil early so I still havent lifted anything yet. When is it ok to start lifting gallons of milk or the family dog ( which weighs 10 lbs)? Is it ok to do so at 3 weeks out?

Doctor Answers (12)

Daily Lifting After Breast Augmentation

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Hello,

Every patient is different but at about 1.5 months and not sooner after a breast augmentation that lifting more than 10 lbs should be allowed as far as no pain or discomfort happens.

With that perspective, I believe lifting a gallon of milk should not be a problem in your case especially that your surgeon did clear you for normal daily lifting.

Furthermore, I recommend my patients to use more their forearms and elbows when lifting rather than stretching their pectoralis muscle when resuming lifting gradually; eventually the patient will feel well lifting weights gradually within their comfort zone.

I hope this helps and please bear in mind that your surgeon knows the full details of your surgery and it is for your interest to follow his/her instructions religiously.

Thank you for your post and the best of luck to you.

Dr. Sajjadian 


Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Lifting After Breast Augmentation

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Nothing heavier than a plateful of food for two weeks. Then you can increase a little at a time over the next four weeks. No exercise, heaving lifting, athletics or vigorous housework until six weeks postop.

Stephen E. Zucker, MD
South Bend Plastic Surgeon
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When Can I Start Lifting After Breast Aug? #breastaugmentation

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It is important for you to follow what your surgeon has told you. I do not want my patients lifting more than about 10 pounds for at least 6 weeks. This has more to do with the science behind wound healing. It takes 6 weeks for incisions to have their maximal strength back. Also you now have an implant beneath a muscle that is very powerful. For the first 3 months a capsule is forming around your implants. For that reason I also do not allow my patients to do any kind of strenuous pectoralis exercise for at least 3 months if not for life. The reason is because the affect of the pectorals will push the implant out towards the armpits over time. It may be inevitable but the less you do with your pectoralis muscle the better chance you have of not displacing your implant.

Richard J. Brown, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Thank you for your question.

It is always best to follow the instructions of your plastic surgeon as he/she knows your situation best.  Always listen to your body and if things become uncomfortable with lifting (the family dog for example) then don't do it.

Go slow and listen to your body.

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