When women consult with me about breast augmentation at my Austin practice, it is very common for them to ask about exercising after surgery. This isn’t surprising, after all, if you’re interested in breast augmentation you probably want to have an attractive, sexy physique. It makes sense that you’d want to keep working out and staying in shape. But for your optimal safety, comfort, and results you should ease back into your workout routine gradually.
Here is a general timeline for returning to your exercise routine after breast augmentation.
Immediately After Surgery: It’s important to move around even on the day of the surgery to enhance the healing process by promoting good circulation. However, make sure that you take it easy, meaning no vigorous activity that would raise your heart rate, and no lifting your arms above your head. Make sure to have a good support system of family or friends to assist you, especially in these first couple of days.
2 to 3 Weeks After Surgery: At this point you can begin increasing your activity level. Continue walking and start to incorporate a mixture of flat surfaces and slight inclines. Do not begin heavy lifting or any strenuous exercise involving the chest muscles yet.
4 to 6 Weeks After Surgery: At week 4 you can do low-impact aerobic activities and some muscle-building activities. This includes the elliptical trainer or the stationary bike, and lower body exercises like lunges and squats.
6 to 8 Weeks After Surgery: At this point you can begin incorporating more strenuous activity into your routine. You can slowly start returning to your normal workouts after being cleared by your surgeon. This means full weights, high intensity interval training, and high-impact cardio. It is important to ease back into things and always listen to your body.
Exercise can help you look and feel great after your breast augmentation, as long as you adhere to a sensible routine while you recover. Taking care of yourself and following your surgeon’s postoperative guidelines are imperative for a smooth, healthy recovery and great-looking results.
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