How Long After a Breast Reduction and Lift Before I Can Run Without Hurting the Result?

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Running after breast augmentation

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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 strenuous activity for 6 weeks.
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.

Exercise after breast reduction

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I generally advise patients to refrain from exercise for about four weeks post-op and to resume with a regimen that involves the lower body. Begin with walking on a treadmill and increase the speed over several weeks. Many of my breast reduction patients had exercise intolerance preoperatively because of back and shoulder pain so I'd have concern about them undertaking an aggressive exercise program rather than easing into a new lifestyle.

Exercise following reduction.

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Thanks for the question.  I typically tell my patients that they can begin doing non-impact, aerobic exercise at 3 weeks in a very controlled fashion.  By 6 weeks they can resume impact related exercise.  Hope that helps.

Shaun Parson, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

Running after Breast Surgery

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I usually recommend that my patients wait 4-6 weeks following augmentation, breast rduction, or mastopexy to begin running and only then wearing a good athletic bra.  This is a question, however, that should be addressed to your surgeon with whom you have invested a good bit of time and money.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon

Exercising after Breast Reduction

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Thank you for your question.

Generally speaking, I recommend that my patients refrain from exercising and heavy lifting for 4 weeks following a breast reduction procedure.  Depending upon how a patient is healing and the the progress made, I will sometimes advise patients to wait up to 6 weeks before hitting the gym.  

It is important that patients wear supportive sports bra's while exercising once all restrictions have been lifted and that they continue to see their operating surgeon for routine follow up.

If you have already had a breast reduction procedure, please discuss any exercise restrictions with your operating surgeon as he/she is most familiar with your specific case.  Every patient is different, every patient heals differently, and not every recovery is exactly the same for a given procedure.  I hope you find this helpful and I wish you the best.

Wait at least 6 weeks!

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Recovery varies from patient to patient following breast reduction surgery.We generally recommend that patients avoid strenuous activities including running for a least six weeks following surgery.
Running in the immediate post-operative period may adversely impact the aesthetic results following breast reduction and lead to a higher rate of complications.The constant bouncing of the breasts can lead to wound breakdown and spread of the scars.In addition the breasts may bottom out and develop recurrent sag.
This is especially true when the breasts are left relatively large following the procedure. It’s therefore important that patients wear a quality support bra when running after breast reduction procedures.
It’s important to discuss this issue with your plastic surgeon before running.Your surgeon has important information regarding your situation and when it’s safe to resume this activity.

Breast Reduction and Exercise?

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Thanks for the  question. Congratulations on having undergone breast reduction surgery;  it is one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform.

Generally, it is best to follow your surgeon's  guidelines in regards to return to activity/ exercise. Most of my patients are able to return to this type of activity about 4 to 6 weeks after the breast reduction surgery.

I hope this helps.

Exercise after Breast Reduction

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If you have had an uncomplicated postoperative course, the simple answer is 6 weeks. However, you could return sooner if your surgeon approves.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

Exercise after a breast reduction

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I usually reserve very aggressive exercise like heavy lifting  to be delayed for about 4-6 weeks. Every doctor is differerent so ask yours.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

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