A lot of women who underwent breast enhancements have different reasons why they did it. But whatever their goal is for undergoing cosmetic breast surgery, they all want to have the same thing – a boost in their self-confidence. One would want to enjoy the benefits of having big, beautiful breasts as soon as the surgery is done. But after the surgery, how fast can they really go back to their normal routines? What kinds of exercise after breast augmentation can they perform? Let us all find out.
Why exercise after breast augmentation?
The main reason why patients need to exercise after breast augmentation surgery is because it is the best way to help them get back to their normal routine and activities faster and safer. Exercising maintains the normal blood circulation and prevents blood clot formation. Not allowing yourself to move a few days after the surgery can affect the ability of your upper body including your shoulders to move freely due to the stiffness or tightness that may develop on your postsurgical scars. Performing light movements elevating gradually until you can already perform your daily activities as tolerated is the primary goal of doing exercises as soon as possible.
How soon can I exercise after breast augmentation?
Most plastic surgeons recommend light movements during the early postoperative period. Two weeks after breast augmentation surgery, some patients are allowed to move their arms and be able to touch their heads! But be aware that not everyone has the same tolerance and postoperative situation, so it is still best to wait for your surgeon’s go signal as to when you can start exercising.
What kinds of exercise after breast augmentation can I do?
During the first weeks, your plastic surgeon will give you a strict list of dos and don’ts when it comes to movement and activity limitations and restrictions. Follow each one accordingly and get the attention of your surgeon if you have any concerns you want to address. Below is a list of everyday exercise movements that can be performed as the weeks after surgery come by.
First 2-week exercise after breast augmentation
- Perform very light physical activities, like leisure walking. This helps you regain your strength little by little.
- Maintaining a good posture from the start of your postoperative recovery phase is of utmost importance. This helps to strengthen your shoulder muscles and avoid getting stiff and tight around the chest area.
- Shoulder exercises like shrugging, rolling, and raising. Do each exercise 5-8 times every hour and slowly increase it to 10 during the first 3 weeks.
- Arm exercises such as swinging them both clockwise and counter-clockwise while in a relaxed position. This can be performed for at least 5 times every hour for 2-3 hours then increasing them to 10 for the next 3-4 weeks.
- Upper body rotations while sitting down is also a good form of gentle exercise. Repeat this for at least five times every hour each day then increase it gradually to 10 per hour.
Three- to four-week exercise after breast augmentation
The following can be performed as tolerated. Ask your surgeon at what point in your recovery can you perform these exercises since not everyone has the same tolerance and length of time to recover.
- Arm lifts
- Walking fingers up the wall facing front and sideways
- Beach poses
- Chest stretches
Six weeks postoperative exercises
If you have consistently and carefully followed the exercises mentioned above, you may already be able to resume light work and home activities by the six-week mark. Although heavy lifting and strenuous activities may still be at a minimum, you may continue your daily activities, and light work restrictions may already be lifted. Maintain the exercises recommended by your surgeon, and you can expect continuous improvement in movement and comfort in the coming weeks.
Things to consider about exercise after breast augmentation
Do not overdo it. Some patients are very impatient, and they would want to return to their regular routines as soon as possible to limit the downtime the surgery caused. Remember that if you do not take it slow, you are at a higher risk of inflicting injury to yourself postsurgery which may mean additional downtime for a more extended period.
Listen to your body. If you feel that an exercise routine is uncomfortable or weird, stop. It is understandable that you maintain a feeling of comfort while trying to perform these activities. If you feel tired and sore, it is best to slow down and just continue exercising whenever you feel better.
Be aware of your movements. Sometimes, your simple actions like moving out of the bed, opening doors, or reaching for something overhead may cause strain in your upper body and may affect your postsurgical wounds. Avoid these movements for the first few weeks until you are positively sure that doing them is not causing any discomfort.