Activity Limitations After Breast Augmentation
November 21, 2014
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgeries performed on young women. Breast augmentation can help with not only increasing the size of the breasts for aesthetic reasons, but also for restoring volume lost due to pregnancy and nursing, or for reconstructing the breasts after mastectomy. While the procedure itself is tried and true, and offers patients many different options for breast implant types, the surgery is fairly major and invasive, requiring a significant amount of recovery time. If you are considering breast augmentation, you will need to be prepared for the limitations involved, and plan accordingly. Here are some things to know about activity limitations that are put in place to protect results and safety.
The first few days after surgery should be dedicated to rest and healing, but patients should gradually start adding normal activities back into their routine, taking care not to bend, lift, or overexert themselves when doing so. Light walking is beneficial to the healing process and helps prevent blood clots from forming. Patients need to be careful not to raise their blood pressure too much during the first week.
The key with exercise is to build up slowly and not overdo things. Plastic surgeons have different guidelines for exercise recommendations, but patients should be cautious about doing too much too soon, especially exercise relating to the upper body and chest. All exercise should be performed while wearing a highly supportive bra. The breasts will likely be swollen and tender for several weeks.
Types of Activity Matter
Obviously, some types of activity put more pressure and strain on the chest area than others, and common sense should prevail when easing back into activity. Very strenuous exercise and swimming will need to be postponed for at least 4-6 weeks following surgery, but otherwise, using the surgeon’s guidelines along with the body’s instincts should be a good rule of thumb to follow.
Complications of Non-Compliance
Not following the surgeon’s instructions or doing too much too soon can have a major impact on final result and lead to complications like bleeding or problems with stitches. In addition, too much activity can make the healing process take longer—something no patient wants.
Sizeand Placement Considerations
The size and placement of the implants will affect both recovery time and activities following breast augmentation. In general, implants placed under the muscle will require much more recovery and impose more restrictions (such as not being able to lift more than 10 pounds for several weeks) than those placed above the muscle. Of course, the surgeon will have a surgical plan tailored to each patient’s needs, and one type of placement may not be appropriate for every patient. Size is totally up to personal preference, though it is best to choose a size that will suit the frame and look fairly natural. Larger breasts can make future exercise more difficult, due to potential bouncing and back pain, so patients need to keep this in mind when considering the size of future implants.
Does It Fit Into Your Life?
Depending on your lifestyle, fitness habits, and future plans, breast augmentation may not fit into your life. If you’re not ready or able to dedicate the time and effort to proper recovery, then you may be better off waiting until you’re in a better position to accommodate the downtime and really enjoy the results that come from a great surgery and proper post-operative care. Be honest with yourself and prospective surgeons when considering your candidacy for breast augmentation.
Pay attention to your body’s needs and don’t overdo things, even after the initial recovery period. If your chest or back are hurting, consider why before you push yourself further. You don’t want to do permanent damage, or compromise the safety of your implants. When in doubt, speak to your doctor or surgeon about your experiences.
Discussing Your Concerns
Consultations with prospective surgeons are the best way to get your specific questions answered, and you should take advantage of the time you are allotted to get as much information as you can about your prospective procedure and the surgeon you are consulting with. Each doctor has his or her own policies and instructions for patients, which should be followed as closely as possible. Be sure to discuss your normal routine and how to make sure your recovery period is successful. Every patient is different, and will have a slightly different experience.
If you’re looking for an expert plastic surgeon in the Birmingham or Dearborn area, come to Masri Clinic for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery and meet with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Raj Gupta. Dr. Gupta has over 20 years of experience and works with each patient to come up with a treatment plan to suit their needs. For more information, and to schedule your free consultation, call 866-487-3223 today.