When Can I Exercise My Abs After BL/BA?

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

Doctor Answers (11)

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.

Boston Plastic Surgeon
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Exercise after breast augmenation


Exercising your abdomen can be difficult after breast augmentation surgery. This is because, when the implant is put under the muscle, part of that muscle has been cut and sutured in the procedure. The abdominal muscle is attached to that muscle which is why it hurts to sit up from a lying position after surgery.  It is generally best to wait 3-4 weeks after surgery to start exercising the abdominal muscles. Start slowly; if it hurts a lot, wait another week.  If you do OK, slowly increase the number of repetitions until you are up to your normal workout.

James McMahan, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
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After six weeks

Normally, I recommend patients start upper body weight training and push-ups until six weeks after your surgery. These guidelines are put into place to protect your body while it recovers. Any strenuous exercise too soon will increase your risk of developing complications, some of which require another surgery to correct. 

Jerome Edelstein, MD
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I generally recommend no heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 4 weeks after breast augmentation and lift procedures.  After 4-6 weeks, I clear my patients to resume activity as tolerated.   You are 9 weeks out, so you should be OK with abdominal exercises.  But please check with your surgeon.  Best of luck.

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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

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Exercise after breast surgery?


Always best to check with your surgeon but at this time in your recovery, you should able to do abdominal wall exercises without difficulty. You may find that the chest wall muscles may be sore if these are activated during  exercise.

Best wishes.


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After two months you should be able to perform pure abdominal exercise, just be careful not to be using your upper body (arms) as many people will "cheat" with their arms during sit-ups. If you feel too much pain during your activity you should stop because your pectoral muscle may not be fully recovered yet. Consult with your plastic surgeon for specific instructions before restarting your exercise program.

Best wishes,


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