Even though exercise is generally considered healthy, when it comes to recovery after breast augmentation, NJ patients are asked to follow a timeline. Timing is critical, and each patient should receive specific advice from their surgeon. Working out too soon can increase swelling, bruising, or soreness. Walking is permitted right away, and it’s good for circulation in the legs following breast surgery. However, you’ll be asked to refrain from elevating blood pressure and heart rate for 3 weeks. Avoid lifting anything over 10 pounds during these few weeks as well. That includes walking dogs that pull at the leash, picking up children, or other bulky items. We recommend you arrange for some extra hands around the house and help with cleaning, child and pet care during the early part of your recovery phase. While most people return to light office work and other daily activities after 1 week, your breast augmentation surgeon will ask you to avoid targeted upper body workouts or heavy lifting for 6-8 weeks. This helps ensure your implants have settled and healed into their ideal position before flexing the powerful pectoral muscles over them. After 2 months, normal life without restrictions resumes.