Lifting a Baby 3 Weeks After Breast Augmentation Caused Pain, Have I Caused Further Problems For Myself?

I am 3 weeks after breast augmentation surgery, 330cc silicone subpectorial dual plane 1... yesterday I lifted a baby (30 lb) for a few seconds but today i feel pain in my muscles... Im worried, does it cause some problems for me? (I'm 24 years old)

Doctor Answers 13

Lifting a baby after breast augmentation

Most women are able to lift and do light exercises three weeks after a breast augmentation.  It is unlikely that lifting a baby will cause any permanent harm.  Any soreness you feel is likely due the stain placed on your chest muscles after the surgery.  I would be concerned if you actually saw a change or felt a shift in the position of your implants.  In that case, you should see you plastic surgeon as soon as possible.

Princeton Plastic Surgeon
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Lifting after Breast Surgery

Normally, I ask my patients not to lift for the first 2-4 weeks.  You could have strained a muscle when you picked up your baby. To put your mind at ease, go see your plastic surgeon so that he/she can examine you to make sure all is well.  Most likely you didn't do anything.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Lifting guidelines after a breast augmentation

Hello and thank you for the question.

In our practice I allow women to resume regular activity early on following a breast augmentation, although I recommend they stay away from heavy lifting ( greater than 10 pounds) for no less than 4 weeks.  I am rather conservative in this regard because undue strain with early onset muscle tearing and subsequent bleeding may put yourself at risk for problems, including capsular contracture.  Having said that, you may have experienced a muscle strain and nothing more.  I would recommend you follow your surgeons guidelines for what he or she feels is the appropriate treatment course for your particular situation.

Best of luck,

Glenn Vallecillos, M.D., F.A.C.S. 

Glenn Vallecillos, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Lifting Ok After Breast Augmentation

It is generally alright to resume lifting objects with your arms a week after a breast augmentation.  As long as a patient does it slowly at first, it should not cause any damage to the breasts.  It can feel strange or even painful at first when a patient resumes more activities, including lifting, but that is normal.  The body has to get used to everything again.  If you are three weeks out from surgery, chances are that you have not done yourself any harm.  I hope this helps.

Christopher V. Pelletiere, MD
Barrington Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 73 reviews

Lifting after breast augmentation

I too advise patients to restrict upper arm activities for 6 weeks post surgery. Normal daily activities is fine. Lifting babies is a common question. I generally say after the first 2 to 3 weeks, with a good sports bra on for support. Any longer than this is difficult and impractical for Mums. If there is no significant swelling with your pain, you have probably just pulled a stitch or a scar or a muscle. I would advise some anti- inflammatories, stop carrying your baby for a few days. If the pain resolves, slowly return back to baby duties, otherwise check in with your plastic surgeon.

Chien C. Kat, FRCS
Birmingham Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

Pain in muscles after lifting a baby 3 weeks after a breast augmentation

At 3 weeks, it is unlikely that you caused any damage by lifting a baby. Most probably you just strained your pectoral muscles and that should generally subside fairly quickly. As long as there are no substantial visual changes such as significant enlargement of your breasts, I would give it at least several days. If you still have concerns, contact your plastic surgeon.

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Lifting after augmentation

I ask my patients not to lift anything heavy for at least 2 weeks minimum, to delay full muscle use (weight-lifting, etc) for 6 weeks and in between to listen to their bodies.  If it hurts, it's probably too much.  It's unlikely that you did any permanent harm, but you should always make an appointment with your surgeon for a check if you have any concerns.

Michelle A. Spring, MD, FACS
Missoula Plastic Surgeon
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Breast augmentation

I doubt you did any harm. If it persists or your breasts look any different from before you lifted, then see your surgeon. They will reassure you.

Rick Rosen, MD
Norwalk Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Lifting after breast augmentation

Thank you for your question. You definitely want to follow your own surgeon's post-op activity instructions. This is a general guide I give to my patients:
1) No heavy lifting or strenous activity for 6 weeks (use a gallon of milk as a guide).
2) Resume walking at a leisurely pace right after surgery (e.g. 2 mph)
3) At 2 weeks, you can walk 2 miles at 2mph
4) At 3 weeks, you can walk 3 miles at 3mph
5) At 4 weeks, you can walk 4 miles at 4mph
6) At 5 weeks, you can jog 5 miles at 5mph
7) At 6 weeks, you can resume all activities, but listen to your body and use discomfort or tightness as a guide so you don't over do it.

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Pain at 3 weeks

It's unlikely that lifting at the 3 week point will cause any issue.  With implants under the muscle it isn't unusual to cause some strain of the muscle periodically.  Not something that should affect you long term.  If you're really concerned then you should have your surgeon take a peek.

Scott E. Newman, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

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