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Can I Work Out with Breast Implants?

Find out if you can work out with breast implants from plastic surgeon Robert J. Morin, M.D. in this Howcast video.


We're discussing whether or not you can work out with breast implants. Immediately after your breast augmentation surgery you definitely want to take it easy. You can get up and you can move around and we certainly want you to move so you don't have any complications like blood clots in your legs. However, I recommend to my patients that they don't exercise for at least 3 weeks.

This is because there's a risk of bleeding after any surgery, and specifically breast augmentation surgery, for about 2 to 3 weeks. After that time, I tell people that they can start to do light exercise, but I don't want anyone running a marathon at that point. I would wait about 6 weeks to almost 2 months before doing any sort of heavy exercise. In general, I tend to put the breast implant underneath the pectoralis major muscle, which is the muscle that sits right here. That muscle is the muscle that is commonly worked out during bench pressing and push-ups and exercises like that. We cut part of that muscle in order to get the breast implant in the correct position.

Therefore, while certainly women with breast implants can exercise and work out, they may not be able to bench press as much as they were able to prior or do as many push-ups. But in general, yes, with breast implants, you can work out. You just want to wait a period of time after surgery to decrease the risk of any complications.

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