Hi, I had ba/bl 9 weeks ago (275cc both sides,right brest: inverted T scar and implant over muscle; left breast was smaller: lollipop scar and implant under muscle). Left side is still pretty painful in the morning, but it doesn't hurt every day. How long should I wait to start exercise my abs? Thank you
When Can I Exercise My Abs After BL/BA?
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Wait 4-6 weeks after breast augmentation and lift to do vigorous strenuous abdominal exercises.
Thank you for your question. Of course it is important that you follow the instructions of the plastic surgeon who performed surgery.
Abdominal crunches and strenuous abdominal exercises do pull on and create tension in the breasts. The breast incisions following a breast lift should be dry, pink and well on their way to healing before strenuous abdominal exercises. Since you are still having pain I would suggest that you wait until you're not having pain before doing vigorous abdominal exercises.
After six weeks
Exercise after breast augmentation with lift
I advise all my patients to wait 6 waits after surgery before exercising. And when they start exercising, I advise them to take it easy in the beginning and gradually increase their activity every week. It's ok to feel soreness, but if you feel any pain, you should stop immediately.
Of course, it's best to follow up with your plastic surgeon and discuss this issue with him/her. I hope that helps.
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You should be ok with abdominal exercises, however, prior to getting back into the gym, please check with your PS to make sure that you are on the right track to getting back to working out