Breast augmentation is a surgery that increases the volume of the breasts with implants or a fat transfer. There are many reasons why Long Island, NY women may choose to enhance their breasts. Sometimes, breast volume is lost due to pregnancy, weight loss, breastfeeding, trauma, aging, or a mastectomy. Our professional team at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery can help you understand the surgery process ahead and what to expect during recovery, including setting an exercise timeline after breast augmentation. After you choose to have breast augmentation surgery, it’s important that you follow all post-op instructions given to you by board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. James Romanelli or Dr. John Layliev. Their professional advice will help ensure you get the results you’re looking for.
What to expect after breast augmentation surgery
The details of recovery will vary depending on the incision used, where your implant was placed, and if you had other procedures done at the same time, like as a breast lift. It’s normal for patients to feel discomfort, swelling, and limited mobility after their surgery. Most people can return to work within ten days. However, this depends on the demands of their job, as heavy lifting is off-limits for several weeks. Some symptoms, such as swelling or numbness, can last for many months.
Aftercare is essential for ensuring you heal properly and get the best possible results. You should follow all of Dr. Romanelli’s or Dr. Layliev’s instructions after your surgery. They will ask you to get a lot of rest, take short, light walks to keep your circulation up, limit sodium intake, eat a healthy diet, and avoid alcohol and nicotine, which can impede healing, and stay hydrated. During your follow-up appointments at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, you can learn more about your post-operative guidelines and when you can resume activities, such as exercise.
When can I exercise after breast augmentation?
You need to give your body plenty of time to heal after breast augmentation surgery. Every patient is different, so there is no set timeline when you can resume exercise. When our surgeon feels it’s safe to begin, you will need to start with light workouts and avoid high-intensity workouts, such as CrossFit™, weightlifting, or HIIT training. Ultimately, listen to your body and consult your doctor. You will know when exercise is safe based on how you tolerate daily activities. The amount of time before you will be able to exercise again will depend on your:
How well you followed post-op instructions
The size of your implants
The surgical placement of your implants
When you have your implant placed in front of the muscle, you will need to take additional precautions to avoid stretching the skin, which can lead to stretch marks. This means you will have to wait longer to begin exercising again. At your follow-up appointments at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeons can determine how well you’re healing and let you know when you can begin light workouts again.
Learn more about breast augmentation surgery in Long Island, NY
During a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. James Romanelli or Dr. John Layliev, you can learn about surgery and breast augmentation recovery. We can help you to understand the process as a whole before you commit to surgery. To schedule a consultation at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, contact our Huntington, NY office today. We also offer online consultations for patients who want to complete their appointment from the comfort of their homes.