How soon can I return to upper body exercises after a breast augmentation revision (capsulorraphy+mesh)?
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I think your surgeon is avoidiing the right answer--you might listen to your body need another surgery.
This does not mean you need to be immobile for 6 weeks, but it does mean that an avid exerciser such as you needs to really take it easy or you will cause failure of healing. If you tear sutures, all the mesh in the world will not keep things where they are supposed to be. Freshly operated tissues are the same way--friable and much more likely to tear or rupture.
So, take it easy. I tell my patients: nothing to raise heart rate or blood pressure for 2 weeks, then light toning and cardio only for another 2 weeks, then begin light lifting and exercise until week 4, after which ramping up activity and intensity should be gradual, not "Go for it!" Best wishes for a perfect recovery and result! Dr. Tholen
Follow surgeon's advice for exercise after breast revision with mesh
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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.
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