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Exercising after Breast Augmentation

Women who have a breast enlargement at our Denver offices often have questions about how soon they can get back to exercising after their procedure. Although everyone heals a bit differently, there are some basic guidelines to follow.*

The Critical Period

The first few days following surgery are very important. This is the time I tell my patients not to do any bending, lifting, or straining of any kind. Too much activity – particularly in the upper body – can tear stitches and cause post-operative bleeding.* Resting also allows your body to focus on healing.*

Easing In

Before any cosmetic surgery procedure, I discuss a patient’s typical activity level so that I can give them a plan for getting back on track after surgery. For example, a woman who is involved with very strenuous workouts may need to wait longer to return to her “normal” life, while another patient who does lighter exercise can resume her routine a bit sooner.* I usually give advice on a case-by-case basis, although in either case, it’s definitely a good idea to wear a very supportive sports bra and try to avoid building chest muscles for several months.* A workout that is too much, too soon can actually change the final shape and position of your implants.*

The Healing Process

After having a breast augmentation, you will feel better before the incisions have actually fully healed.* For this reason, it’s very important that we consult closely in order to ensure that you are not overdoing it. It’s important to minimize the chance that scar tissue will form at the incision sites or become excessive around the implant pocket.*

*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.

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