6 weeks post Breast Augmentation. What exercises can and cannot be done after?

I had a revision 6 weeks ago, open capsulectomy and capsulorraphy to correct capsular contracture and an implant exchange. I am very active, I go to the gym every day and would like to know which exercises are safe and which can never be performed again post breast augmentation? Please advise.

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What exercises can and cannot be done after revisionary breast surgery?

Congratulations on having undergone the revisionary breast surgery. Ultimately, only your plastic surgeon should advise you when it comes to returning to specific exercises. If I were you, I would ask for more specific recommendations as opposed to "listen to your body". With these types of cases, I want my patients to AVOID hearing their bodies say "ouch"...

In my opinion, returning to certain activities too soon may increase the risk of recurrence of breast implant displacement/malposition. The type of exercise/activity patients should avoid will depend on exactly what type of capsulorraphy was performed. Therefore, In my practice, I ask patients to avoid upper body weightlifting, stretching, and strenuous activity in general respectively for at least 4 to 6 weeks after the surgery. Sometimes, depending on the type of capsulorraphy performed, this time of rest is even longer. For example, for symmastia correction capsulorraphy, I ask patients not to abduct their arms for several months after the procedure. The use of specific supportive garments may also be helpful.

One of the problems associated with this type of revisionary breast surgery: often, patients do not experience much discomfort with this type of surgery. This may lead them to return to activities too soon unless they are aware of the potential problems that may occur.

I hope this helps. Best wishes for outcome that you will be pleased with long-term.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Exercise after Breast Revision

It is important that you not engage in strenuous activities in the first three (2-3) weeks after surgery. Aerobic exercise will raise your blood pressure, which could cause late bleeding and harm your result. If your job keeps you sedentary, you may return to work when you feel comfortable, several days after surgery. Once you begin exercising again, start gently and let your body tell you what it can tolerate. Don’t rush!!

You should check with your plastic surgeon to see if you have healed well and be cleared to work out. I advise my patients to wait until 6 weeks after their surgery


Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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6 weeks post Breast Augmentation. What exercises can and cannot be done after?

This is really something you should be asking your surgeon as he/she is the only one who knows exactly what was done in your surgery.  But if you were my patient and healing was smooth and there was nothing I was particularly concerned about, I would release you to slowly go back to your regular activity, perhaps giving another couple of weeks for anything very strenuous like heavy lifting or hitting the pavement, just to ensure the capsulorrhaphy holds.  ac

Angela Champion, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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The unknown here is the capsulorraphy.  Only your surgeon can counsel you on your return to activities as he/she knows what was done in your particular case.  Otherwise most surgeons would allow full activities by six weeks for sure.  

David Marcus, MD
Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon
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Exercising 6-8 Weeks After Breast Augmentation

You can perform pretty much any exercise you'd like after you've fully recovered. However, it is best to find out the specifics from your surgeon. generally, I suggest waiting for at least 6 weeks before doing anything strenuous.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Excersice after a breast implants replacement surgery

If the incission was the same as was used in the primary case, six weeks is more than enough to start your exercise rutine. If the surgeons uses a bigger scar, you must wait for 2 more weeks, and don't forget to continue using the special postsurgical Bra at the beguining.

Luis Lopez Tallaj, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Breast augmentation and exercise

While you should always ask your surgeon, I routinely allow my patients to start light aerobics within about 3-4 weeks and heavy lifting and exertion by 6-8.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Exercisinig after breast implant revision

You should follow your surgeon's advice about exercising.  No one on line knows the details of your surgery as your surgeon does.  Patients are generally well healed by 6 weeks, but revisionary surgery can present unique circumstances.

Michael B. Tantillo, MD
Boston Plastic Surgeon
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Good Question and I wish more people would ask before simply resuming "normal" activities.

It depends on what you had done and why you needed it. Athletic ladies (such as yourself) are at risk because of several factors. First of all, you frequently have higher risks of capsular contracture if you're taking antiplatelet drugs such as multivitamins, fish oils, vitamin E because they cause minor bleeding around the implant which is inflammatory and the body reacts to this with increased scar formation (capsular contracture). Secondly, weight lifters need to have the capsulorraphy more often REGARDLESS OF THE SIZE OF THE IMPLANT because the forceful contraction of the pectoralis muscle repeatedly pushes the implants downward and outward, making your cleavage gap wider, the implants lower, and the nipples tend to sit too high on the implants. . In other words, these activities make the implant likely to "bottom out" which is repaired by capsulorraphy.

So, please check with you PS and be sure that you're not undoing the recent surgical correction . 

Larry C. Leverett, MD, FACS
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Assuming you have had no complications and are healing normally, I would say you should have no limitation

Dr Corbin

Frederic H. Corbin, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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