Now that you have your perfect chest size, when can you start hitting the gym again? This is a great question and important for receiving the best results for your body. Missing workouts can become stressful, but ensuring you heal correctly will make you look and feel great! 


What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery to enlarge the size of the breasts. This procedure can be done through fat grafting (fat taken from other parts of the body) or implants. Fat grafting is ideal for a subtle increase in size, but implants are the best option for noticeable volume. Implants can be surgically placed through three different locations: axilla (armpit), periareolar (pigmented ring around the nipple) or inframammary fold (lower part of the breast where it meets the chest wall). 


Right After Surgery

You can expect to go home the same day of your surgery with slight pain due to anesthesia. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, it’s important to lightly walk around the house every other hour immediately after surgery. This will help prevent blood clots and keep circulation flowing. We recommend trying to sleep on your back instead of your side or stomach for the first week. After two weeks, you may begin to intensify your cardio by using a treadmill or walking up hills. In one month, you should be able to resume your normal exercise routine, except for heavy weight lifting. By the end of six weeks, patients are generally fully healed and able to resume all physical exercise.


What to Avoid

In order to prevent implants from dropping or becoming displaced over time, you should avoid strenuous exercises such as push-ups or lifting anything greater than five pounds for at least six weeks. Listening to your body when swelling or discomfort occurs is a great way to keep your implants in place and keep the shape you desire. Showering after surgery is okay, just avoid submerging your incisions in water (swimming pool, bath tub) for at least six weeks. One of the most important things to do post-surgery is wear a supportive bra when doing any type of activity. According to Washington University Physicians, a medical compression bra is recommended because it keeps wound dressings in place, restricts movement of the implant, protects breast tissue, helps reduce swelling and promotes healing in general. This bra provides better support than a sports bra and doesn’t have underwires. 


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