Breast augmentation is a major surgical procedure, and the body needs time to heal afterward. As much as you want to stay in shape after surgery, letting your body acclimate to the implants is more important. Expect to wait almost a month before exercising fully.

Every woman is different: Be sure to ask your surgeon any questions you have about when you can exercise, and what types of light exercises are appripriate until you're able to resume full activity.

Post-Surgery Recovery:

The immediate post-surgical recovery lasts 24-48 hours. As the anesthesia wears off, patients will feel soreness and tenderness in the breasts and incision sites. During this recovery period, patients should avoid exercise and let the body begin adjusting to the implants.

During the first two days, patients must get up and walk around to keep blood clots from forming in the legs.

Additional Reduced Activity Period:

Patients should avoid strenuous exercise or anything that causes excessive movement for three to seven days following the procedure. Patients may resume everyday activities during this period, but should expect some discomfort. The breasts will still be swollen as the breast tissue and chest muscles adjust to the implants.

During this first week, everyday activities like picking up a child or grabbing a book from a shelf can be painful or more difficult than usual. Women with sub-muscular implants will be especially sore. However, light exercise is important to the recovery process. A video from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) helps explain the details of this first week of recovery.

During the first week or so your incisions will also be healing. The incisions often stay sore even as the breasts become less painful; this is normal. Take care of the incisions per your surgeon’s instructions and you will be fine.

Work:

Women can expect to return to the office within a few days or a week; though women with physically demanding jobs will need at least a full week off. 

The First Few Months:

Discomfort will decrease as the body adjusts to the implants. While most swelling will diminish within the month, the breasts may remain somewhat swollen for up to four months, until the implants drop completely into place. During this time, patients can and should resume full activity. Your surgeon will offer more specific guidelines, but most women will be able to resume jogging and other serious exercise one month after surgery, some as soon as three weeks. This exercise helps the body heal and adjust, but during the first few months, women must be extremely gentle with the breasts.

Exercise Caution:

Your implants are the newest part of your body, and once healing is complete you should feel confident doing everything you used to do before augmentation. That being said, understand that while implant rupture is relatively rare in the first few years after surgery, women should avoid high-contact activities that might put the implants under extreme pressure.