Physical activities such as running, hiking, swimming, and cycling can be a wonderful addition to any woman’s life. Exercise can help to keep weight down and develop an attractive, toned physique. While most women love that the rest of their body is slim and trim, they aren’t as pleased when their breasts are equally petite. Some of these women choose breast augmentation to help them feel stronger, more confident, and feminine. When these physically active women consider breast augmentation, they may want to know if their aesthetic goals are going to conflict with their athletic goals.
A Matter of Time
I tell my Atlanta breast augmentation patients that they should expect a recovery period of about 3 weeks before they resume normal activities and exercise. I understand the desire to return to the activities that you enjoy, but following your surgeon’s directions for recovery is essential after any surgery whether it is breast augmentation, liposuction or another Atlanta surgical procedure. Proper recovery ensures that you will get the best possible results from your breast augmentation.
Ready to Run
After the requisite recovery period, your surgeon will give you the green light to resume your exercise routine. At that point, you can safely engage in any of your favorite activities such as running, swimming, cycling, rock climbing, or yoga. If weight lifting is a part of your routine, the increased size of your breasts may make it more difficult for you to reach across your chest, but muscle strength will not be affected. For runners, breasts may feel heavier but any discomfort can be eliminated by wearing a very supportive bra. When you meet with your board-certified plastic surgeon, be sure to inform them of your sport(s) of choice and they will give you further details about how your breast augmentation could affect your athletic pursuits.