What Not to Do After a Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation remains one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures available, but many patients have questions about the recovery period. While receiving a breast augmentation from a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon shouldn’t limit your activities after you’ve healed, there are some do’s and don’ts for your recovery period.
After your breast augmentation, resting should be your priority, especially during the first few days of recovery. Set up a comfortable place to rest and watch movies or read and relax as you heal.
Otherwise, you can begin to resume normal, routine activities when you feel able to do so. While you should have someone who can help care for you for the first day or so, most patients feel comfortable preparing meals or doing other non-strenuous activities during their recovery process.
It’s also important that you make sure to walk during the recovery period to prevent blood clots. Every few hours, you should walk around the room or throughout your home for a few minutes at a time. This will improve your circulation, encouraging proper healing and decreasing your risk of complications.
Activities to avoid during breast augmentation recovery generally include anything that would be considered strenuous. You shouldn’t get your heart rate up or lift heavy objects until you have sufficiently healed. It’s also important to avoid bending as much as possible.
It’s typically best to avoid a full exercise routine until about 4-6 weeks after your breast augmentation surgery. When you do return to exercise routines, be sure to wear a supportive bra. Finally, you should avoid swimming until you have completely healed from your breast augmentation.
Dr. Angelchik will monitor your healing during post-op appointments and advise when it’s acceptable for you to return to normal activities. Most patients can safely return to their normal routines and all activity at six weeks, but this can vary somewhat.
When you do begin to return to exercise or other strenuous activity, it’s best to start slowly. Pay close attention to how you feel and adjust your routine accordingly. Even after 4-6 weeks has passed, it’s best to avoid lifting heavier weights until you have adjusted back into an exercise routine.
For some patients, larger implants or a greater change in your breasts may mean a longer recovery process or some difficulty performing certain activities. Consider your lifestyle when you’re choosing your preferred implant size, and discuss these factors with Dr. Angelchik during your consultation. He will recommend implants that are suitable for your lifestyle while meeting your aesthetic goals.