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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

New York, NY


Posted February 27, 2012 in Recovery

Many women who opt for breast augmentation are active and exercise regularly. In fact, the only body feature they wish to change is their breasts. For patients who enjoy working out, breast augmentation should not hinder your decision to have a procedure performed.

As you recover from surgery, your exercise routine will be limited. This is the time to allow your body to heal and refrain from any physical activity. This doesn’t mean you need to be a couch potato either – because a little exercise will help your body heal. Beginning early and progressing slowly will help you get back on track.

You can start by taking short walks with limited arm movement and bouncing. Stretching and other leg exercises are fine. As time progresses, you can take longer walks and advance to low-impact exercises, such as using an elliptical machine or stationary bike. At this point, you will be fine as long as you don’t use your arms. Swimming is out of the question for four weeks.

As you enter the third week of recovery, you can start exercises that work on your waist, upper back, and arms, but you should avoid using your pectoral muscles, especially if you had subpectoral placement of your breast implants. Keep it to a light exercise without raising your heart rate or blood pressure too high. Doing so may increase your risk of some breast augmentation complications and affect the quality of your results.

Most restrictions will be lifted by the fourth week of recovery. Feel free to resume your normal exercise routine as you see fit. Most patients will not notice much difference from breast implants when exercising, but the breasts may be affected by some activities.

Balance and weight may be a little off for runners. A supportive bra will help your speed and stamina and the exercise will not have any long term effects of your results. If you’re a swimmer, it may take some time getting used to the changes in buoyancy and resistance with regards to the new breast implants. Some tennis players with breast implants feel their backhand is affected, but most do not.

Whatever you may experience while exercising could very well just be your mind adjusting to your newly enhanced body. Be sure to contact your surgeon if you encounter any pain in your breasts while working out. Any complications due to exercise is extremely rare, so do not hesitate to get back into the swing of things.