Exercise and Saunas After Breast Tissue Expansion?

Any risks in doing a spinning class or yoga 39 days after breast tissue expander surgery? I had delayed reconstruction. Is cardiovascular exercise ok? What about saunas and hot tubs?

Doctor Answers 4

Post reconstruction exercise

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I generally want people getting some walking exercise right away.  By 6 weeks patients can typically do almost anything.  I would reserve exercises that specifically cause pec major (chest muscle) to heavily contract (push-ups) or stretch (yoga) until the 8 week point.  Of course it all depends on how things are healing.  Increasing your heart rate will not affect healing.  Your plastic surgeon can best advise based on your progress to date.

I would usually advise my patients that saunas should be fine by that 6 weeks so long as all your incisions are well healed.

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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6 Weeks and Resuming Activities

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  I would generally recommend 6 weeks before resuming exercise in an uncomplicated case.  I generally ask patients to avoid public bathing options.   Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

When can I workout after placement of an expander?

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This is best answered by your surgeon.  But if you're seeking opinions, my patients can start doing more vigorous exercises a month after their surgery assuming they had no complications or issues with healing.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
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Breast tissue expansion

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Best is to follow your plastic surgeon instructions.

However if the wound are healed, I see no problems resuming the activities you want. Listen to your body. If there is pain stop rest for a while then try lower level of activity . Increase activity gradually.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

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