When Can I Resume Exercise After Breast Augmentation Surgery?

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More women are choosing breast augmentation as a way to enhance their appearance. But after undergoing cosmetic surgery in Las Vegas, NV, it's important to give your body enough time before resuming exercise. This is because straining yourself too hard could delay healing and increase your risk of complications.

At Plastic Surgery Vegas, our plastic surgeons can provide a detailed timeline for exercise. Dr. Andrew G. Silver, Dr. Michael Edwards, and Dr. Terrence "Terry" Higgins work hard to help patients achieve their desired results.

All about breast augmentation

Plastic surgeons place breast augmentation incisions in discreet locations to minimize the appearance of scars. Depending on your individual needs, incisions may be made around the areola or within the fold under the breast. Once an incision is made, a pocket is created either above or below the chest muscle. The breast implant is inserted in the pocket, and the incisions are then closed with sutures and dressings.

What happens during breast augmentation recovery?

After breast augmentation, patients may experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising. This is normal and can be managed with pain medication prescribed by Dr. Silver, Dr. Edwards, or Dr. Higgins. You will also be advised to wear a supportive compression bra to aid in healing. Though many patients return to work within a week, exercise should be avoided for a minimum of a 6 weeks guided by your plastic surgeon. The breasts will start to look and feel more natural as they heal over time. 

When is it safe to resume exercise?

During the first few days of breast augmentation recovery, we recommend staying comfortably active, taking deep breaths and walking. Light walking is encouraged to promote blood flow and overall healing. Take it slow and listen to your body. If you experience any pain or discomfort, stop the activity right away.

As the weeks pass, under the guidance of your plastic surgeon, gradually incorporate low-impact exercises such as yoga into your routine, but avoid any movement that strains the chest muscles. Don't participate in high-impact exercises or contact sports until you have been cleared by our cosmetic surgery team. We know it can be challenging to limit yourself, but keeping you safe and healthy is our top priority.

Our tips for a successful recovery after breast augmentation

Want to speed up recovery after breast augmentation in Las Vegas, NV? Here are some tips from our plastic surgeons:

  • Follow all post-operative instructions: These guidelines include helpful information about medication, wound care, and when to follow up with our team.
  • Take frequent walks: Walking is important for blood flow and can prevent blood clots. Take short walks throughout the day and gradually increase your distance over time.
  • Stay hydrated: Drinking water promotes healing and alleviates side effects like swelling. Remember to drink fluids during and after exercise.
  • Listen to your body: As mentioned, if something doesn't feel right or you experience excessive pain, stop immediately and contact our office for guidance.

Learn more tips for post-surgical care

Breast augmentation is life-changing for many women in Las Vegas, NV. Always consult with Dr. Andrew G. Silver, Dr. Michael Edwards, or Dr. Terrence "Terry" Higgins before resuming any exercise and follow their guidelines closely. At Plastic Surgery Vegas, our team is dedicated to providing the best possible care and support during your journey for cosmetic surgery. Together, we can help you achieve beautiful and natural-looking results. Call now to learn about breast augmentation recovery and what activities are safe to resume at each stage.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.