When can I Exercise After Breast Augmentation?

Kansas City Plastic Surgeon serving Overland Park, Leawood & Nearby Areas of Kansas & Missouri

Posted: July 8, 2022
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It takes four to six weeks to fully recover from breast augmentation surgery. For some women, it may take closer to eight weeks. This is dependent on factors unique to your anatomy, the specifics of your procedure, and how closely you follow the pre and postoperative directions provided by our office.

After your incisions have healed sufficiently, you will be able to resume more demanding exercises, such as plank, weight training, and running. In the weeks leading up to this, you can partake in mild to moderate forms of exercise, such as walking and stationary bicycling, so long as you keep your incisions dry and don’t move your arms too much.

You can begin taking short walks several times a day within one to two days of your procedure. This will help speed recovery, reduce swelling and discomfort, and keep muscles active while your body heals. During your follow-up visits, you will be advised on when it is safe to resume additional activities.

What About Swimming?

Swimming is a great low-impact, cardiovascular exercise. It builds endurance, tones and strengthens muscles, and improves respiration. It’s a great exercise to take up or resume…after your breast augmentation incisions have healed.

Soaking your incisions, such as would happen in a swimming pool, tub, or lake, can slow the healing process, increase the risk of infection, and aid in the creation of thick and visible scars. It is best to wait until your incisions have healed completely before hitting the pool.

Depending on where your breast implants have been placed, certain exercises may be more beneficial than others. Some might also impact results, making them best to avoid. During your time in our care, we will take time to understand your lifestyle, desires, and needs, and make surgical decisions that help protect your comfort and support the things you enjoy most.

Contact Us to Learn More

Call Advanced Cosmetic Surgery at 913-341-2188 to schedule your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Levi Young. Located in Leawood, we serve Kansas City, Overland Park, and all nearby communities.

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