Aside from safety and recovery time, one of the biggest questions of
breast augmentation patients have is “when can I start working out
again?” Also, when starting back into your exercise
routine, remember to take things slow and only do the exercises if
they do not hurt you. It is very important that if you need to
pick a personal trainer to help you with your exercising program,
that he or she has experience with post augmentation or post breast
surgery patients. If you cannot find the answers at your own
gym about this, then ask your plastic surgeon for a referral.
Start tapering off your upper body like shoulder raises, seated back
rowing and push ups. The more you work your chest muscles the
stronger and thicker they become, making the actual procedure of
breast augmentation more painful for those patients. Patients
sub-pectoral placement need to have the pectoralis muscle
relaxed, so that it will stretch and accommodate the newly implanted
device. Shy away from strenuous upper body activity, as you
might strain the chest muscles that will be most impacted by
If you have
had a breast lift, breast reduction and or breast reconstruction - you will need
to be careful not to compromise any surgical incision.
Consider the first three weeks as your work-out reprieve.
Women who elect to have
sub-pectoral implant placement might even
take longer to get back to their exercise routine. Take it
easy during this time and allow your body the time it needs to heal.
Getting started back into your exercise routine approximately around
this time is going to differ from plastic surgeon to plastic
is best you listen to your own surgeon when it is applicable for you
to start your exercising routine again. Most trainers will
tell you that you probably should not be performing any overhead
action at this time. Limit your upper body exercises to bicep
curls and tri-cep press-downs to stimulate blood flow to your
shoulders. It is also important to start postural exercises to
acclimate your body to the new weight it’s carrying. These can
be as simple as using a seated back-row machine.
external-internal rotation is a good exercise to consider.
Stand with your elbows at your sides, with fists facing forward at a
90 degree angle. Rotate your fists inward towards your navel and out again. Using an elastic exercise band will help during
You can start integrating push ups and other exercises that uses the
chest muscles back into your routine after approximately this amount
of time. Some patients might never feel comfortable again
using strenuous exercises for the upper body after augmentation, and
others adapt right away back with no problems at all.
Everyone is different with what they can tolerate. The most
important thing to remember is start slowly and discontinue if you
feel any strain or discomfort.