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Running After Breast Surgery – Taking Your New Breast implants for a run
Your active life does not need to stand in the way of surgery. However, while Breast Surgery does not affect your long-term exercise routine, it does limit your running the first few weeks. After your Breast Augmentation surgery, you need to give your body time to heal, this allows your breast implants to settle into their desired position. It is common for physically active individuals to be concerned about returning to their exercise routines as soon as possible.
To better prepare yourself for running and any strenuous activity after a breast implant surgery, the following tips can be of great help
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1 Wait for the Right Time
Listen to your body. Having a regular active routine is essential to a long healthy life. However, you need to know when to engage in your exercise and when to cut it short. After a breast implant, it is vital that you allow your body time to heal to achieve the best possible surgical outcome. Forcing yourself to engage in running or any vigorous activities may lead to untoward signs and symptoms such as bleeding, breast asymmetry, significant pain, reopening of the surgical wound, and other discomforts.
There is no standard time to resume your running again after Breast Surgery. Your body has its own unique way of healing. Most surgeons recommend that you should wait at least 2-3 weeks before engaging in any strenuous activities or other work-related routines to allow your body to heal. However, it is better to check the state of your body. Do not strain yourself or push your body to get back to your routine, before it’s ready. Giving your body time to recover after surgery helps you maintain your aesthetic outcomes. After such time, you can slowly return to your exercise routine.
Why do you need a recovery time before running?
- Ensuring that your surgical incisions have healed.
- Guaranteeing that all the new tissues around the implant have supported your implant pocket.
- Sweating can increase the risk of infection.
Talk to your doctor regarding your recovery time before your hospital discharge. Moreover, you should follow up with your surgeon to give you the cue to start running again.
2 Wear a Good Support Bra While Engaging in any Strenuous Activity
After your breast augmentation surgery, you’ll start to feel the weight of your new breasts caused by your implants and the swelling from the surgery. Your surgeon will support this new weight with surgical bandages and a surgical bra. However, it is just as important that you give your boobs the support they need after you have healed. Wearing a good support bra whenever you run protects your new breast implants by maintaining their shape and position. By doing so, you can prevent breast asymmetry and other breast implant complications. Make sure that your sports bra is snug-fit and comfortable. The right bra will help you maintain the results of your implant surgery.
What to consider in your sports bra?
- A wide under-band bra that helps maintain the weight under your breasts.
- Full cup bra that covers your entire boob for better support.
- A flat-centred bra with cup separation. This creates room for your implants to be in their proper place without being pushed.
- A seamless, wireless bra that will not rub against your surgical incisions.
- A cotton bra that will give you a comfortable soft feeling you need on constant wearing.
- Front fasten bra that is easy to take off. This helps avoid pain caused by raising your arms to fasten and unfasten at the back.
- The right bra size. This is crucial after breast augmentation. A tight sports bra may impair blood circulation within your breasts. Talk to your doctor regarding the best sports bra brands to ensure your implants are adequately stabilized when running.
3 Plan getting back to your running routine.
When your surgeon tells you to rest from your active life after surgery, it might be a devastating period for you, especially if you are a professional athlete. However, this does not mean to drop the idea of working out. You should make a plan to get your body ready to go back to your training routine.
With your surgeon’s help and approval, this plan should include a precise timeline and the types of activities you can do according to your healing progress. Scaling up your physical workout will depend on your skin healing and overall recovery. Do not shut your eyes to what your body wants to tell you. A possible plan for your workout routine could include:
- In the first week
- After your breast augmentation, it’s important not to strain yourself.
- Resting and responding to your basic needs are the only acceptable activities you can do in the first two days.
- In the following days, you can gently move around your house to increase your blood circulation.
- In the second, third and fourth week
- You can prepare your body for getting back to your active routine by introducing gentle cardio exercise.
- Walking is a big step in this stage.
- You can start walking in cool weather. This is to avoid raising your heart rate and body temperature.
- As time passes, you can increase the duration of your walks.
- After a month
- You can scale up the intensity of your workout.
- You can combine a couple of normal-paced exercises along with a longer and slightly brisker walking routine.
- After your follow-up and once your surgeon has seen the progress of your recovery they may allow/suggest adding some leg-based exercises like cycling.
- With time and healing, you can add some core workouts but upper body routines should still be avoided.
- After six weeks
- While you may take less or more time to heal, most surgeons expect you to be fully recovered by six weeks.
- Your breast surgeon will most likely allow you to resume more hardcore exercises like running and swimming at this stage.
- The golden rule is to know your limits. Always plan and go along with your body recovery.
Professional athletes may find it hard to sit back from working out for more than a month. Suppose a woman wants to complement her body with breast augmentation. In that case, it is her right to go for it while taking these precautions into consideration. As an athlete, you should coordinate with your surgeon and your professional coach about your physical activities during recovery.
4 Massage Your New Breasts Per Your Surgeon’s Advice Before Running After Breast Surgery
Home care is an essential step. Taking care of yourself can increase the chances of becoming healthier and preserving your aesthetic results longer. When it comes to taking care of breast implants, your physician will include breast massage on the list. Your physician usually recommends you to do so to:
- Reduce the probability of capsular contraction: after your surgeon places your breast implants, Collagen fibers, or scar tissues, start to surround your implant, forming what is called capsules. These capsules, with time, may harden and contract and causing severe pain in your chest.
- Prevent a reduction in the size of the implant pocket.
- Avoid misshapen appearance to the breasts.
- Maintain the soft feeling of your new breasts.
Regular breast massage in the first 6 to 12 months after your breast implant surgery will prepare your new breasts to engage in any vigorous activities. After the healing of your surgical incisions, you can start doing your breast massage. The rule of thumb to breast massage is to massage three times a day in the first month and reduce the frequency over time till you reach a five-minute massage every day, for the life of your implants.
Before discharge, your physician or nurse will teach you the proper breast massage techniques as well as when to perform them. You can also watch instructional videos and educational brochures about massaging after breast augmentation.
5 Watch Out for Any Discomfort
While most patients can engage in light exercise 2-3 weeks after breast implant surgery, it is important to keep in mind that recovery time varies from person to person. For some, this time frame is enough for them to return to their exercise routine as usual. However, some patients may still experience discomfort while exercising. So, it is essential to be vigilant and watch out for any untoward signs and symptoms.
If you experience any discomfort feeling while running after your breast surgery, STOP. Do not force yourself and consult your physician immediately for further medical management. After breast augmentation, warning signs can overlap with normal signs developed by the surgery. As these signs normally start after discharge, you need to be aware of and understand them so you know when to reach out to your surgeons. Here are some tips:
- It is normal to experience a mild fever after surgery; As your immune system tries to introduce itself to the foreign implants. Usually, your doctor will prescribe you antibiotics that will help.
- A warning sign for you is when you become feverish and your body starts shaking.
- It is common to endure pain after breast augmentation. Swelling and soreness are natural signs after any surgical procedure. The physical intervention and the healing process can cause you mild pain that will subside over time and with pain medications. Your doctor will give you a prescription.
- You should be alarmed if there is an increased in pain and swelling rather than their abating.
- Your surgeon will place surgical bandages on your incisions. These bandages help you keep your incisions clean and aid in absorbing any minor bleeding and discharge. It is vital to religiously change your surgical dressing to prevent any source of infection around your incisions.
- Oozing and drainage are your alert that something is going wrong.
In the first two days after surgery, you should avoid showering and wetting your bandages. Furthermore, you must steer clear of bathing and hot tubes until you have completely recovered. Be sure to always look for any alarming signs. Do not hesitate to contact your physician.
How you take care of yourself at home is as important as your surgeon’s performance on your boob job. The way you care for your new implants reflects on the durability of your breast implants and their results.
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Medical References and Affiliations
Maurice Y Nahabedian; Peter C. Neligan (8 August 2017). Plastic Surgery E-Book: Volume 5: Breast. Elsevier Health Sciences. pp. 43–. ISBN 978-0-323-35710-4.
About Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Craig Rubinstein is one of Melbourne’s Best Specialist Plastic Surgeons for breast and tummy surgery. He has been rated as a Top 3 Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne and rated a Top 5 Plastic Surgeon on the ‘Best in Australia’ website.
Dr Rubinstein offers women personalised abdominoplasty surgery and all forms of cosmetic breast surgery. He uses only the highest quality breast implants and is renowned for his natural-looking, long-lasting results.
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