Will Chest Exercise Increase Post Operative Breast Augmentation Pain?

I'm working out regularly in the gym so my chest muscle are tight although my skin is loose and breast have lost volume and saggy after having baby.

I want to go for Breast Implant with Breast Lift but I heard that tight chest muscle makes the pain worse post op. So, shall I stop chest work out before the surgery?

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Doctor Answers 13

Working out before breast aug


Thank you for your question!

No, you do not necessarily have to stop working out before breast augmentation or lifting surgery. It should not increase post op pain.

I sometimes recommend that patients refrain from working out a week before surgery so you don't injure yourself, but again, you do not have to. You will have to cease strenuous lifting (over 10lbs) for at least 6 weeks after surgery.

Best regards,

Dr. Speron

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Are Chest Exercises going to make my Breast Augmentation more Painful?

Hi there-

The answer to your question will depend on whether you prefer to have your implants placed over or under your chest muscle... I'm going to assume that you prefer them under the muscle...

In that case, deliberately building up your chest muscle will make the initial placement a bit more uncomfortable for you. That is not to say that you cannot or should not exercise- just that I don't think you should deliberately try to build muscle in your chest area. Focus on a workout that maintains your good health, but not necessarily a strength building one.

I hope that helps you- hope you get the breasts you desire!

Armando Soto, MD, FACS
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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Keep exercising after breast augmentation

Exercising has no relationship to pain. Pain is such an individual thing that no one knows why some patients have pain and other have none. I use a long lasting pain medication during surgery so patients have either none or very little for at least 12 hours after surgery. Later on they can take pain medication.

William B. Rosenblatt, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Post-op Augmentation Pain

I see no reason for you to discontinue your workouts prior to surgery. I have seen no difference in post-op pain in women with well-developed chest muscles compared to those whose muscles are less well-developed. Obviously you will need to curtail your workouts post-op for a significant period.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Will Chest Exercise Increase Post Operative Breast Augmentation Pain?

Thank you for the question. There is no need to stop upper or lower body exercise prior to undergoing breast augmentation surgery. Your plastic surgeon will guide you postoperatively when it comes to resuming activities. Best wishes for an outcome that you will be very happy with.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,488 reviews

Safe to continue exercising before surgery

It's not necessary to stop exercising just because you're having breast augmentation. Better health is a bigger contributor to an easier recovery, therefore you should continue to exercise. However, you'll have guidelines on exercise after surgery, and that would include not doing upper body strength training for a few weeks.

Ronald Levine, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

No, but tell your surgeon

You should continue to exercise, but make sure to talk to your surgeon about this. They may advise you to stop depending on what they believe is best for your body.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 176 reviews

Tight chest muscles and a breast augmentation

I do not think that the intgretity of the muscle will affect the amount of post-operative pain, but I ask my patients to refrain in definitely from direct chest exercises such as bench presses and dumbell  chest press after surgery as it can casue the implant to move downward and out laterally due to the pressure exerted on the implant by the muscle. 

Julio Garcia, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Strong and Toned Muscle an Advantage

I would not ask you to stop working out your pectoral muscles before surgery.

The body is amazing in its ability to accommodate surgical changes. There is no preparation you need do.

Paul C. Zwiebel, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

No need to stop gym chest exercises before a breast augmentation

The post operative pain after breast augmentation is multi-causal; some are surgeon related and some are patient related.

Making the implant pocket sharply and accurately with the electrocautery, minimizing blood loss and contact with the ribs results in significantly less pain after surgery. Women in their late 20's and older and those who had children report much less pain than younger women.

Working your chest muscles will NOT increase the size of the breasts not the amount of pain after breast augmentation. In my opinion, thee is no need to stop your exercises before surgery but you will need to suspend it for a few weeks after your breast augmentation.

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Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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