Take care of your results
Breast augmentation is a short surgery which is typically performed as an outpatient. I prefer the patients take a week off from work. At that point they can return to work or school, but should refrain from all vigorous physical activity. At 1 month, they can resume cardio type exercises. At 2 months they can lift weights.
Returning to normal activities after breast augmentation
When you can return to "normal" depends entirely on what you define as "normal".
Some general guidelines I provide my patients:
- walking from day 1
- no driving for 5 days
- return to light office work at 1 week
- stationary exercise bike can be started at 2 weeks (if you're very keen to get back to the gym)
- all my patients have dressings completely removed at 3 weeks so you can go for a swim/submerge in water at this stage
- At the four week stage, you are generally beyond the
point where your physical actions could potentially compromise your results.
You are therefore free to physically ATTEMPT your normal activities. However,
this does not mean you will be able to do your normal activities as you will
still have some degree of discomfort and weakness. So as always be guided by
your body. If you are doing something and you have discomfort or pain, pull
back and work around it. Eventually you will get back to normal.
I hope these general guidelines help.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
Each surgeon has different viewpoints regarding return
to activity after breast augmentation.For the most part, womencan
return to most normal day-to-day activities such as driving within three to
five days after breast augmentation.Many surgeons will caution a woman to restrict movement of the arm and
shoulder area for a few weeks after the procedure.Unless a woman has a job that requires heavy
lifting, most patients will return to work within one week.Normally, all restrictions can be lifted after
Re: Activity after breast augmentation
After your surgery, you need to avoid soaking in a bathtub for 2 weeks or swimming in an ocean/pool for 3 weeks. We recommend patients limit lifting to 20 lbs and walking around the block for the first week and gradually increasing in the weeks to follow per your surgeons instructions.
Recovery time will vary from person to person and what your daily activity involves. We tell our patients recovery time is average 7 days for office job or light activities. It may take 2-6weeks for more strenuous activities. Scars begin to fade after ~6weeks, but can take 6-12 months for complete healing.
Breast augmentation recovery
True recovery time varies from patient to patient, and also depends on the surgical technique used by your plastic surgeon. For example, I use the most minimally invasive and delicate surgical techniques possible, so within 24 hours my patients are feeling pretty good, are able to go out to eat and move around the house. Of course I still want them to take it easy and rest so their body can recover properly, but this just gives you an idea of how easy recovery can be after breast augmentation when performed by a true expert. Most patients return to work a week after surgery, as long as their job does not require any heavy lifting. You can resume your workouts in about 4 - 6 weeks, but make sure you get approval form your surgeon first. Ultimately, every surgeon has different recovery guidelines so make sure you are clear about what your surgeon recommends.
Resume Activities after Breast Augmentation
I tell my patients that they may begin walking and lifting their arms above their head from day 1.
Driving in a few days when you are off your pain medicine.
Returning to light office work (desk job) in 3-5 days.
Breast massage should be started within 5-7 days.
Light cardio such as an exercise bike or treadmill can be started within 2 weeks.
Going to the beach or pool using sunscreen can be resumed within 2 weeks.
After 4 weeks, you may resume normal activities and let your body be your guide on how vigorous you should exercise. It may take 6-8 weeks to be able to do a heavy workout routine.
How Soon After Breast Augmentation Can I Resume Activities? #breast augmentation #downtime
Thank you for your question! Post operative healing from a breast augmentation can vary from person to person. This depends on your anatomy and observations made by the surgeon intra-operatively. Some people have "loose tissue" to dissect to create a pocket, and others are just the opposite. That being said, there are some general guidelines. I recommend no exercise except walking for the first month. For the second month, cardio can be performed with a stationary bike to minimize impact. Month three can incorporate weight training as tolerated. Please discuss this topic with the surgeon as they may have a different protocol. I hope this helps!!
Resuming Activity after Breast Augmentation
Consult with your surgeon about the types of activities that are acceptable post-surgery. It is important that you not engage in strenuous activities in the first three (2-3) weeks after surgery. My own personal recommendations to my patients are start walking as much as you want to, as soon as you want to. Then progress as desired to high-reps, low-resistance exercises. Slowly progress for 6 weeks, after which time there are no restrictions. I advise my patients to refrain from strenuous physical activity such as heavy lifting with your arms or jogging for 6 weeks. Aerobic exercise will raise your blood pressure, which could cause late bleeding and harm your result. Once you begin exercising again, start gently and let your body tell you what it can tolerate. Don’t rush!! It is important that you follow your doctor's instructions so that you get the best aesthetic results.
Resumption of activities following a breast augmentation
You should definitely follow up with your operating surgeon to discuss your specific post-operative restrictions and what they will or will not permit. With that being said, I ask that my patients avoid any physical activity (exercising of any form as well as heavy lifting) for four weeks after their surgical procedure. Any activity that increases your heart rate and your blood pressure will promote swelling and partaking in these activities can increase your risk tremendously for a post-operative complication. I also recommend that my patients avoid any activities that could contaminate their incisions such as hot tubs and pools. Again, I would advise you to speak with your operating surgeon about their specific post-surgical protocols and suggest that you err on the side of caution. All the best.