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Can Breast Augmentation Affect Your Workout Routine?

If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, you may wonder how your new implants will affect your daily activities, including your workout routine.

Many women interested in breast augmentation surgery try to keep their bodies in good shape through diet and exercise. Others don’t necessarily do so. Regardless, being in ideal shape is not a criteria for having a breast augmentation.

If you are working out or planning to do so in the future, the following may be helpful information for you to consider following your breast augmentation surgery.

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How Exercise Fits Into Your Breast Augmentation Recovery

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or want to make some new changes for a total body transformation, you will need to limit exercising for the first six weeks following your breast augmentation surgery.

You will gradually be able to incorporate more intensive workouts as you heal, but always listen to your body and follow the postop instructions from your board-certified plastic surgeon.

After you are fully healed, you can return to your regular exercise routine without restrictions.

Will My Breast Implants Affect Exercise?

The short answer is most likely not. However, this depends on the size, type, and proportion of your breast implants in relation to your body. If you choose a much larger size, it may take more time to heal and get accustomed to the weight, dimensions and overall feel of your breast implants.

Another factor to consider is the placement of the breast implants. Your surgeon can place your breast implants above or below the pectoral muscle. While most patients choose breast implant placement below the muscle because it results in a more natural and softer appearance, it may take slightly more time to heal.

Your breast implants should not significantly affect your ability to perform most exercises, and you should adjust quickly to the size and weight of your new breasts.

Are Any Exercises More Difficult Than Others?

As you adjust to your breast implants, be careful when trying new exercises or heavier weights. Listen to your body and check in with your plastic surgeon if you have any concerns.

Certain chest exercises, like the bench press or chest fly, do increase pressure on the implants that have been placed behind the muscle. This may feel odd initially. You may also see the implants move or temporarily deform, which is normal. Start slowly and with lighter weights and then progress from there as tolerated.

Invest in a supportive sports bra. Not only will this provide stability and protect your breasts from repetitive bouncing that may strain your newly healed incisions, but it will also make your workouts much more comfortable as you adjust to the added weight of your breasts.

When In Doubt, Ask Your Surgeon

If you have questions about which activities are safe after your breast augmentation—and when—ask your board-certified plastic surgeon.

Dr. Steven H. Turkeltaub is highly experienced in cosmetic breast procedures, including breast augmentation. As a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in breast surgeries, Dr. Turkeltaub can help you choose the best type of implant for your specific needs, goals, and lifestyle.

If you are concerned with maintaining a high-intensity workout lifestyle, Dr. Turkeltaub can advise you on how to integrate your breast augmentation and breast implants for optimal safety and comfort.

Interested in Breast Augmentation Surgery in Phoenix, AZ?

If you want to learn more about your breast implant options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Steven H. Turkeltaub. Call the Arizona Center for Breast Surgery today at (480) 451-3000.