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Women’s fitness is more popular than ever with the advent of social media influencers and online content creators sharing their athletic journeys across the globe. For some of these women, breast augmentation is a sought-after surgery that gives their physique that extra edge when it comes to looking like their absolute best. Yet, this growing demand also comes with its fair amount of concerns.
Breast augmentation has made some women cautious about performing chest exercises or participating in athletic activity, causing them to focus on low-intensity practices. Other women are so scared by myths and misconceptions that they avoid doing any exercise at all.
Exercise is essential in maintaining the results of plastic surgery as well as a healthy lifestyle. While some activities can result in malposition of the breast implant, there are ways that patients should exercise the chest area after they have recovered from their breast implant surgery.
When Can I Exercise After Breast Augmentation?
You need to have as much rest as possible immediately after breast augmentation surgery. Breast augmentation causes inflammation, bruising, and swelling and requires your body to use up a lot of energy to heal itself.
You are recommended to avoid exercise for at least three to four weeks. After this period, you should speak with your surgeon about doing low-intensity exercises, although you may need an evaluation to see if unnecessary bleeding may occur. Heavy training or high-intensity exercise like weighted chest workouts should only be done once you have been cleared by your surgeon, and are typically only recommended after the two-month mark of your recovery.
Body movement is necessary to prevent complications from arising, such as blood clots or cramping in the chest.
Is It Safe To Exercise After A Breast Lift?
After the appropriate recovery time, it is typically safe to do any exercise with a breast lift. Without the possibility of the breast implant being disrupted by the contraction of your chest muscles, exercise can help to maintain the results of your breast lift by adding definition and contour to the pectoral area.
What Chest Exercises Are Safe After Breast Augmentation?
Everyone’s fitness goals, general anatomy, and breast augmentation are unique. These factors make it tricky for doctors to prescribe a definitive answer regarding when and what exercises are safe for your implants.
Breast implants are built with functionality and impact in mind, although some activities should be avoided. Malpositioning of the breast implant can occur when the breast implant is no longer positioned behind the areola. If the pectoralis major muscle is incorrectly exercised, excessive pressure is applied to the breast implant from the constant contraction in the muscles and the new growth of the muscle. This may result in the displacement of the breast implant.
Here are some of the training exercises you should avoid:
- Bench press: High-intensity weight training that increases pressure on the chest
- Chest flys with dumbbells: Uses the pectoralis major and applies constant pressure to the implant
- Dips: Uses the pectoralis major as an accessory muscle to the triceps, which causes the implant to be pushed down