Breast augmentation surgery—or breast implants—is a very popular procedure which has helped many women enhance their appearance with a fuller, more womanly figure. Women decide to have breast implants for a wide variety of personal reasons.
Many women choose to have implants after pregnancy and breastfeeding has altered their figure. Others want firmer breasts. Others want to improve asymmetrical breasts. Though the reasons are different, the result is improved confidence and a more positive self image.
Breast implant surgery recovery time
It is crucial to follow your surgeon’s guidelines after surgery. You must allow your body time to recover. It could take up to 2 weeks to return to your normal, pre-surgery level of energy. Recovery time in total is often 6 weeks before you can start exercising.
You should sleep on your back for at least 2 weeks after surgery, and do not do any excessive physical activities for these 2 weeks. This includes not going to the gym.
Why you should not lift weights after breast implant surgery
Your surgeon will instruct to you not lift any objects for at least 2 weeks, and not lift heavy objects for at least 4 to 6 weeks. This includes lifting your children—and lifting weights. This is because most breast implants are placed under the muscles in your chest–the pectoralis major muscle.
Scar tissue forms around the implant immediately after surgery. This is part of the body’s normal healing process. But straining the pectoral muscles by lifting weights can make this scar tissue thicker. In some cases, the thick scar tissue distorts the implant. In other cases, the implant becomes hard, and even painful. This can be avoided by closely following your surgeon’s instructions.
When can I lift weights after breast implant surgery?
You should not lift anything above 10 pounds for 4 to 6 weeks. Your surgeon will let you know when you can attempt any exercises using the pectoral muscles, and how heavy a weight you should lift. In many instances, it can take a year for the pectoral muscles to heal completely.
Though you may be feeling completely fit, it is essential that you follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions and not jeopardize your results. There have been cases where lifting weights caused breast implants to distort under the muscle. This can result in further surgeries.
Some women reported lifting heavy weights too soon. They did not give their bodies sufficient time to heal. These overly heavy weights caused their implants to shift towards the armpits. Some women also reported a noticeable widening of the cleavage, again caused by lifting heavy weights too soon.
If this occurs, you should see your plastic surgeon. A dedicated weight trainer will also advise you which weights and exercises are suitable at all stages of your recovery. And in addition to taking professional advice, it’s important you pay attention to your body, and do not push it.