Meet your new breasts. They’re plumper, perkier and prettier thanks to Dr Norris’ surgical and aesthetic expertise. Your dreams are now filled with visions of you un-self-consciously walking along Bondi Beach…you in a low-cut Alex Perry gown on the red carpet…you bouncing along for your weekly jog on the treadmill.
Hold on a second! You just crossed the line. What line? You’ve crossed the line between safe behaviours after breast enhancement surgery and the kind of behaviours that can make it hard for your body to heal. Exercising too soon or too aggressively after surgery may slow your recovery.
Why Your Breasts Need a Break
Any way you slice it (if you’ll pardon the pun), breast augmentation surgery is traumatic to your body, as is any invasive procedure.
Don’t worry, though. We’re not condemning you to a month of bed rest. Quite the contrary! Moderate exercise is a key to healing. Keeping your blood oxygenated and flowing helps reduce the risk of
- Stretch marks
- Scar tissue
- Capsular constriction
Exercise Timeline for Breast Implant Patients
As you might expect, our patients want to know when they can get back to their fitness routines. “The first priority is to select a workout bra that provides extra support and minimises breast movement,” says Dr Norris. Once that’s taken care of, you can consider…
- 3-5 days after implant surgery – You’ll still be sore and your energy may not be tiptop, but this is the time to return to non-physical work and light activities. Try some gentle arm stretches to keep yourself limber. Remember not to raise your arms above your shoulder height!
- 2 weeks after implant surgery – It’s time to get going again! Low-impact cardio exercise and yoga or tai chi are outstanding ways to get your heart going and stay stretched out. If you don’t go overboard, you can try peddling on an elliptical trainer.
- 4 weeks after implant surgery – You’re bigger, stronger, and better. Dr Norris says, “listen to your body” as you re-integrate your favourite lower-body workout activities back into your schedule. “I have a simple philosophy,” he says. “If it hurts, stop.”
- 8 weeks after implant surgery – You are more or less officially good to go. Just as you did with your lower body, re-introduce your upper body to its former activities.
“I understand that it’s frustrating to take time off from your workout activities,” Dr Norris says sympathetically. (He’s a gym junkie, too). “However, if you slow down and work with your body instead of against it, it will reward you with a faster, better recovery with fewer problems along the way.
Are Your Breasts Aching for a Workout?
A strong and healthy body is part of Dr Norris’ prescription for beauty. Would you like to know more about how to enhance your curves and how long it will be before you’re back in the saddle (or on the treadmill) at the gym? If so, we invite you to reach us on 02 9387 3800 or use our online enquiry form.