Cosmetic Surgery

Breast Augmentation – Hitting the Gym After Implants

Seeing as how a woman thinking about breast augmentation probably places a high priority on her physical appearance, it’s only natural that there be some correlation between that and working out. And in fact, there usually is. Likewise, many women who hit the gym each day reduce their body fat to the point that their natural chest volume suffers for it. While these women may want to replace that lost volume synthetically, they don’t want it to adversely affect their fitness routine. Thankfully, in most cases, it won’t.DiscussionIt is always important to discuss any concerns you’re having with your doctor following breast augmentation. Your surgeon may have very good reasons for wanting you to take it easy in the gym for a few weeks after the procedure. Each doctor will differ when it comes to their recommendations. The health and recovery of the patient, the type of procedure used, and the size of the implants may also play a role in making a determination. Some doctors like their patients to resume lower body cardio only a few days after the procedure, should they so desire. Others recommend sticking to isolation exercises (other than those that directly affect the pectoral muscles) in the beginning.

CardioYou should expect, generally speaking, to lay off the cardio exercises for around three weeks following breast augmentation. Getting back onto the treadmill too soon could raise your blood pressure to the point where bleeding and other complications could result, if you don’t wait until you are fully healed. After six weeks, you can usually move up from low impact cardio to higher impact varieties, such as running and aerobics. However, experts advise listening carefully to your body during this time. If you feel pain or other issues, stop and consult your doctor about what you’re experiencing.

Beyond RecoveryOnce you’re fully healed, there should be little to no restrictions on what you can do in the gym. However, things won’t be exactly as they were in all cases. If you opted for very large implants, you are adding a considerable amount of weight to your chest. It is important to get a properly supportive sports bra before resuming high impact activities. Some women may find it uncomfortable to resume activities such as running at all following breast augmentation. For women who go smaller, there should be no such difficulties in getting back to a full fitness routine.

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