Advice for Exercising after Breast Augmentation
December 13, 2017
The Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton, a premiere cosmetic and reconstructive surgery practice, have discovered that women who opt to have breast implants enjoy looking good and living an active lifestyle. It’s understandable that these patients are anxious to resume working out after surgery, and we certainly want to support our patients’ health and fitness goals. However, it is important to allow the body time to recover from surgery before pushing it. We know the complications that can occur when patients don’t follow our instructions and start exercising too hard, too soon.
Since this is a topic that is often discussed in breast augmentation consultations, we thought it would be helpful to blog about it.
Resuming Light Cardio Exercise
You can start taking short, slow walks as soon as you feel ready after surgery. Moving around slowly helps circulation and blood flow. You can expect to feel sore and tired more easily in the days following surgery. You should slowly build up the speed and length of the walks as you have more energy.
You are not permitted to lift anything heavy or perform any upper body workouts or vigorous activities like kickboxing or spinning classes that could elevate your heart rate or blood pressure.
Keep in mind there is no rush to get back to your normal routine. Focus on doing what you can and eating healthy meals. Pushing yourself to exercise prematurely could cause a serious complication or even affect your final results.
Building Back Up to a Normal Routine
About two to four weeks after surgery, most women feel good enough to start other forms of light impact cardio exercise. An elliptical trainer or spin bike is a good place to start, as long as you keep the activity low impact and avoid bounding up and down too vigorously. Heavy lifting and upper body exercises are still not permitted. Although time may seem to creep by, know that it is in your best interests to take things slow.
Around the six-week mark, you should be back to your normal exercise routine, or close to it. You must be very careful to avoid any movements or positions that cause pain or discomfort. You should listen to your body and our team’s instructions very closely, and alert us if you notice any pain or straining.
Contact the Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton
For more information about resuming exercise after breast augmentation or another plastic surgery procedure, we invite you to call or email our practice today.