Pushups and chest press after Breast Augmentation.
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I allow my patients to perform chest exercises.
I think the main reason why you get conflicting information is because of fears of having the implants fall out to the sides because of the muscle contraction. I do not feel that the muscle contraction is the reason why implants fall out to the side -- I feel that most of the time it is because the implant diameter is too wide for the body.
As long as you see a surgeon that is conservative with the implant diameter choice (as I am) then you should be OK.
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Push ups after breast augmentation
Can I do pushups and chest exercises after breast augmentation?
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Go for it.
There are no studies to suggest that chest work after a breast augmentation (even in the submuscular location) is harmful. In my nearly 10,000 implants I've performed, I've never restricted patients' ability to exercise their chest and instead encourage a fit, healthy lifestyle. Our results have been uniformly satisfying to patients and so we continue on in our recommendations. If it hasn't been a problem in my nearly 20 years of surgical experience, I feel pretty safe with this policy.
You will need to restrict your upper body activities for at least 4 weeks before slowly reintroducing them. Although you may find that you have lost some flexibiliy and strength, it has been well shown in studies that these elements of your fitness reliably returns to pre-surgical levels.
Best of luck.
Pushups and chest breasts after breast implants
The technique used during your augmentation does impact chest exercises after surgery. If a very wide incision was made at the bottom of your chest muscle then bench presses and pushups could force the implant out underneath the chest muscle and create a depression or deformity on the breast when you contract your pectoralis. If however with pectoralis muscle contraction the implant does not bulged out from underneath the chest muscle then you should be okay. Of course please check with your plastic surgeon who is aware of the exact technique that was used.
Surgical techniques and anatomy
Certain techniques that release more of the muscle attachments or if there was and overdissection medially could result in less muscle strength but usually this is minimal. Everyone who has a sub muscular placement will have some animation of their implant. Some more than others. If your implant moves to the side a lot when you flex then overtime your implants may shift laterally especially seen when laying flat.