Whether you’re a gym bunny or just lead an active lifestyle, one of the biggest frustrations women report after a breast augmentation is stopping exercise during recovery.
If you're getting cold sweats at the prospect of a little exercise downtime during your recovery from plastic surgery... don't panic.
Taking time out from the gym during your recovery is really important.
Breast surgery is a big shock to your body! And it will take time to heal. So your plastic surgeon will tell you to steer clear of exercise for several weeks to maximize your recovery.
It may seem like a long time but it'll be over before you know it.
You won't get out of shape in a few weeks!
I even read somewhere that your metabolic rate (how fast your body breaks down and uses the food you eat) rises when you have a breast surgery... so (believe it or not) you’ll be burning extra calories without even lifting a finger!
Taking some exercise downtime will mean a faster and better recovery. You shouldn't raise your heart rate as it risks bleeding, swelling and other complications.
The last thing you want is to set back your recovery by breaking the rules.
I’m so frustrated... I’m going to miss the gym
I hear you! If you know already that you’re going to miss the gym it may help to plan your return to activity, and it may look a bit like this...
The First Few Days...
The first few days after breast surgery (or, as I like to call it, the "sloth period"), when you're recovering from anesthesia, the surgery, taking pain meds and dealing with restricted movements the LAST thing you'll be thinking about is the gym!
Rest up, eat well and keep mobile, but like barely. Expect light walking to be as much as you're allowed to do during your first week post-op.
You may experience some pretty extreme bloating... the Boobie Sisters who’ve already traveled this road will be able to tell you that any post-op body changes are only temporary... it’s bloat, not fat!
By the end of the first week you’ll be starting to feel better but don’t be tempted to hit the gym now either.
You’ll still be sore, you’ll get tired easily and strenuous activity still risks complications.
Two Weeks Later...
Getting blood rushing around your body isn’t good for healing so, for the first two weeks, you'll have been really good and not raised your heart rate.
At the end of your second week post-op you should be okay for 'leg work' or light-impact cardio... think 'stationery bike' at the gym. And that's only IF you feel like it.
1 Month Post-Op...
Many plastic surgeons will tell you stay away from working out for 4-6 weeks after breast surgery. So your one month post-op milestone may be quite important to you if this is when you're allowed to hit the gym.
You may feel ready to start more strenuous exercise (full cardio) about now... just make sure you strap the twins in to a super supportive bra.
2 Months Post-Op...
Push ups, dips, pull ups and bench pressing... if you're a weights kinda gal this is the exercise milestone you've been waiting for.
Every plastic surgeon is different but some may clear you for the heavy pec workout from 8 weeks.
It may feel a bit weird to begin with (especially if your breast implants are under the muscle)... just take it easy and stop if it hurts.
Be sure to follow the directions of your plastic surgeon to help ensure the best possible outcome for your breast surgery, and use your follow-up appointments to check when you can back to your exercise routine.
Recovery is it’s own part of your boobie journey. Shift down a gear and enjoy the view while you slow the pace. Waiting until you're fully healed to resume exercise will totally be worth it.