Post-op: Working Out after your Breast Augmentation in New Jersey

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Post-op: Working Out after your Breast Augmentation in New Jersey

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Do you like to stay in shape? Women who’ve just had a breast augmentation in New Jersey are often eager to get back to the gym. If you’re someone who is very physically active, it can be challenging to take the necessary time off after elective surgery. However, it’s essential to give yourself time to heal. Resuming exercise too soon can do more harm than good. Following Dr. Gartner’s post-op instructions will help you get back to the gym when your body is ready.

Working out is typically a healthy choice so you might think it will help your recovery. In the case of breast augmentation, New Jersey clients are advised that rest allows their body to heal as efficiently as possible. Vigorous movement of arms or early use of chest muscles due to lifting or pulling can put pressure on your implants. This leads to increased discomfort and inflammation, along with distortion of the implant pocket.

So, when is it safe to start exercising?

Each patient is unique and should listen to their doctor’s advice. Certain guidelines are common: Walking is the first and safest way to be active after New Jersey breast augmentation. We encourage you to take short, casual walks right away post-op. Each day your walks can be a little longer. This is excellent for circulation, but not intended to raise your heart rate.

Yoga is a low-impact activity, but you’ll need at least six weeks before fully getting back into it. At first, avoid postures that involve supporting your weight with your upper body, such as sun salutations, cobra or downward dog. Light, modified versions of positions could be permitted- check with your surgeon if you’re not sure.

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As you regain your strength, you can start including light cardio into your workouts. Your surgeon will likely advise a 3 week wait before increasing heart rate and blood pressure. Low-impact and lower-body will be your focus until the 6-week mark.

Strength training:

For most breast augmentation patients, easing back into upper body workouts and more rigorous activity can begin at 6 weeks. That ensures you’re completely recovered, with incisions strong and implants firmly healed in their pockets. Your muscles may still feel a little sore and weak, so you’ll need to start light and gradually increase intensity over the span of a few months.


Contact sports are great exercise but too rough for your recovery period. Protect your breasts until scar-tissue is well-formed. Dr. Gartner will let you know when it’s time to dive back in. Ultimately, you’ll be able to do whatever you did before, and your breasts will be resilient enough for most activities- even sports.

Remember- each patient is different. You can find plenty of advice online but the best person to ask when it comes to your safety is your own plastic surgeon. Remember to be patient with your body and rest-assured; your beautiful results will be well worth the wait.

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