Can I Run my 1st Marathon 10 Mos After BA Surgery?

I had 350cc high profile implants put in Nov 2011. I'd like to run my 1st marathon in Oct 2011. I've already started running again, 4- 5 miles at a time with no pain. I want to make sure that training for and running a marathon will not cause any problems with my new breasts (i.e. sagging or changes in shape). I am 90 days post-op and my implants have not quite dropped to where they need to be.

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Exercise 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.
At 10 months, you should be able to train and run a marathon if you choose to do so.  Good luck!

Running and implants

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Dear ajmm,
Thank you for your post. I am very protective of my patients with augmentations who are runners. I recommend that they buy the athleta underwire sports bra with the front adjustable straps. My patients really like this bra for running and find that it holds them very stable. It is cupped instead of compressing the breasts together. Some patients use an additional regular sports bra on top of this for extra security. Some like it for everyday wear in the initial post-operative period. Using a regular sports bra that just compresses the breast together rather than cups that keep their shape can cause flattening of the breasts especially in the early post operative period and wearing a bra that doesn't have enough support, especially when running or any bouncing type activity, can cause bottoming out or stretching of the breasts.
Best wishes,
Pablo Prichard, MD

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Activity level after breast augmentation

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I would advise you to wear a suitable protective bra or sportbra in order to minimize any prolonged back strain.  At this point, most activities are resumed by patients.

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

Exercise and running after a breast augmentation.

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By 10 months, you should certainly be at full activity level with no restrictions - and yes, this includes your first marathon! Gradual increase in activity is the key.

David Bogue, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Marathon running after a breast augmentation

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  I advise all my breast augmentation patients that after a reasonable amount of of time there are no restrictions to any physical activity that they would normally do.  In your case, marathon after 10 month should not affect your final outcome of your surgery.

Boris M. Ackerman, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

Running after Augmentation

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There should be no issues with you running 10 months post-op. I tell all my patients to always wear good support.  Implants don't defy gravity.  Good luck on your marathon!

Running a marathon 10 months after breast augmentation

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There should be no issues related to breast augmentation and running a marathon 10 months postoperatively. Do wear a supportive sports bra.

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

No restrictions 10 months after breast augmentation

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there is no reason to fear almost any athletic endeavor this long after surgery. a good sports bra is probably a good idea. best of luck and have fun!

Bruce K. Barach, MD
Schenectady Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Can I Run my 1st Marathon 10 Mos After BA Surgery?

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There is very little to worry about 10 months after breast augmentation surgery.  When resuming physical activity after breast augmentation surgery, remember to start out slowly and gradually increase your physical activity.  It’s also important to wear an appropriately sized sports bra during your runs to give you the support you need.

Michael Zarrabi, MD
Santa Monica Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 73 reviews

Marathon run 11 months after breast augmentation

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You should be fine 11 months out - assuming marathon in October 2012? Not 2011? Are the implants under the muscle? Saline vs. Silicone? I would say submuscular saline would be most at risk, but low risk at any rate. Wear a really supportive athletic bra, maybe two!

Michele A. Shermak, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 57 reviews

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