Dr Andrew Broadhurst


Exercising with Breast Implants

Post Op Recovery by Dr Andrew Broadhurst

For many of our patients who love to exercise, the thought of taking weeks off from physical activity sounds unbearable. So for those fitness-conscious women out there, I’ve laid out a few factors to keep in mind for your Breast Augmentation surgery.

Think about your breast implant placement.

There are a lot of things to consider when making your Breast Augmentation choices, but did you know the size and placement of your implants will help to dictate how your body will handle exercise? Breast implants can be quite heavy i.e. two 400ml implants will weigh about 800g. When breast implants are placed under the muscle, the muscle will help to support the extra weight. If you’ve chosen to have your breast implants placed above the muscle, you may need to be cautious of vigorous exercise increasing your risk of excessive skin stretching and resulting stretch marks.

Initially, avoid upper body exercises.

Most women choose to have their breast implants placed under the muscle. As a result, they need to give the pectoral muscles time to heal around the implant to avoid developing excessive scar tissue. This is called a Capsular Contracture and can cause the implant to feel hard (sometimes painful) or distort the shape of the breast implant. To reduce the risk of this occurring, you must avoid upper body movements that may put strain on the pectoral muscles, for the first 6 weeks. Muscle contractions can alter the position of your implants causing asymmetry or “malposition”. During this time, lower body exercises including lunges, leg press and squats are all OK.

Don’t stop moving!

Did you know exercising can actually help to promote recovery after surgery? We want to make sure we keep our bodies moving to get oxygen flowing through bruised body tissue and help reduce inflammation. So, once you’re feeling up to it, light exercise like walking, slow elliptical (without arms) or slow cycling on a stationary bike can be good for you. Be sure to wear extra support to limit breast movement. Here is a timeline of what type of exercise you can expect to do during your recovery:

  • Week 1: no exercise
  • Week 2: gentle exercise (no chest or jumping)
  • Weeks 3–6: Gradual increased exercise (still no chest or jumping)
  • Weeks 6+: unrestricted exercise — go for it!
Listen to your body.

It is also important to remember that exercising too vigorously or too soon can also slow your recovery process and even jeopardise your procedure results. So, listen to what your body is telling you. If you’re still in a lot of pain and experience a lot of swelling, take it easy. Once these begin to reduce, you can start getting progressing back into active life.

I’m here to help you make sure your Breast Augmentation fits as easily into your regular life as possible. So, at each of your post-op appointments with me, I will assess your body’s progress and we can discuss your exercise routine at every stage of your recovery process.

If you’d like to chat one-on-one with me about your Breast Augmentation, contact my team to book a consultation.

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