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When Can I Start Exercising After Breast Surgery?

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Downtime and having to hit pause on their exercise routines are some of the main concerns for women who are interested in breast augmentation but love to work out.

If exercise is a big part of your life, the idea of not being able to hit the gym or hop on your bicycle can be quite daunting but this small sacrifice will be well worth it once you see your results. The more you allow your body to recover properly, the better your results will be.  

When can I start exercising again?

Your plastic surgeon will be the best person to ask about when you can start exercising again as each patient is different. Implant size, placement and your individual anatomy will all play a role.

Here are a few general guidelines though:

  • First 6 Weeks: Don’t lift anything heavier than 5kgs, including your children
  • 10 Weeks Post-Surgery: You can engage in low-impact exercises for the lower body such as walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike.
  • 2 – 3 Months Post-Surgery: You can introduce upper body exercises with light weights with minimal reps

Adelaide clinic for breast implants, Waverley House, recommends staying away from any chest-related exercises for at least 6 – 12 months. Any and all exercise should always be introduced at a very slow pace while wearing the appropriate garments.  

What can exercises are best while I’m healing?

The postoperative phase is the best time to try out some new workout routines and exercises such as hatha yoga or Pilates as long as it doesn’t involve any strenuous arm movements. Always inform your instructor about your operation before starting a new routine.

If you’re worried about doing any exercise at all, why not go for a stroll in a park or around the neighbourhood so that you can get some fresh air.

Something else that you can do if you’re concerned about how this downtime is going to affect your body is to focus on creating a healthy eating plan. Try out some new recipes, smoothies and shakes to keep you slim and healthy during your recovery period. Your body will also thank you for the extra nutrients.

Exercise can increase your risk of complications

While a delayed recovery is the main reason why you should refrain from exercising for several months, there are some other possible complications too, including:

  • Implants can shift, leaving you with an unbalanced appearance
  • Sweat increases your risk of bacterial infection
  • Scar tissue could form around the implant, leading to hardening
  • Higher risk of Hematoma

Exercising after recovery

Once you’re ready to get back to your normal workout routine, it may take some time to get used to exercising with your implants. It may take you longer to exercise your upper body in the same way that you used to and if you’re a runner, you may need to buy some new sports bras that have extra support.

The most important thing is to listen to your body. Pain and inflammation is not a good sign, so if it occurs, stop exercising right away.