Understandably, patients have a variety of questions when they consider undergoing breast augmentation. As well as the ins and outs of the procedure, a common question we get asked is whether you can exercise after a boob job.
In this blog, you’ll discover everything you need to know about exercising after a breast operation including whether you need to take a break, and the types of exercises you should avoid.
Will I need to take a break from exercising?
After undergoing breast augmentation surgery, it’s important to take care of your body during the recovery process. While it’s generally safe to engage in light walking, such as taking short walks around the house, you’ll want to avoid heavy exercise for a few weeks until your surgeon gives you the go-ahead.
Light walking is not only safe, but it’s encouraged as it can help to prevent blood clots. So, while you might need to take it easy when it comes to your exercise routine, don’t underestimate the benefits of simply getting up and moving around a bit to aid in your recovery.
Can I still exercise with implants?
If you’re worried that breast implants might limit your ability to stay active, don’t be. One of the great things about breast augmentation is that it doesn’t have to hold you back from doing the things you love. In fact, your surgeon will likely encourage you to maintain an active lifestyle after your surgery to help with your recovery.
During your consultation, you’ll need to discuss your lifestyle and exercise habits with your surgeon. This will help them determine the best type of implant and placement for you, as well as any precautions you should take when exercising post-surgery. It’s important to wear a supportive sports bra when exercising after a boob job, and to get clearance from your surgeon before trying a new activity.
It’s also worth noting that some women may experience changes in breast size or shape if they lose weight when they begin exercising again. However, breast implants themselves are not affected by changes in weight, meaning they can be an excellent option for restoring volume and shape to the breasts after weight loss.
What exercises should I avoid?
While you can resume very light exercise after the procedure, you’ll need to take it easy for a period of two to four weeks to allow the body to fully recover. If you are unsure, follow your surgeon’s advice.
Patience is key when it comes to post-surgery recovery. It’s important to wait until your body has fully healed before returning to the gym or engaging in any other strenuous activities. Going back to the gym too soon can lead to complications that can negatively impact your results and overall health.
Since implants are placed beneath or above the chest muscle, any exercise that puts pressure on your chest or back should be avoided. This includes exercises that target the chest and shoulders, as well as weightlifting or other activities that involve heavy lifting. Overexerting yourself too soon after surgery can lead to complications such as implant shifting, swelling, or even implant rupture.
To ensure the best possible results and minimise the risk of complications, it’s important to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully. Always consult with them before resuming exercise to ensure that it is safe to do so.
By taking the necessary precautions and giving your body the time it needs to heal properly, you can help to ensure a successful and smooth recovery.