With regards to exercise, I feel that early exercise increases bleeding risk and diverts healing energy away from the surgical site. As a result, I advise light activity only for four weeks after surgery, then lower body low-impact exercise starting after that. By five or six weeks after surgery, breast augmentation patients near Scottsdale can ease back into exercise, but should avoid bench press or push-ups long-term, as these exercises can push the implants apart over time. Very high impact exercise like water skiing, kickboxing or snowboarding should be avoided for at least three months after surgery, which is when the internal healing tissues reaches peak strength.
Besides exercise, eating properly after surgery is important. Patients are provided with a list of things to avoid eating around the time of surgery to minimize bleeding risks. Garlic is one of the biggest culprits on this list as well as some vitamins and herbs as well (including Ginko biloba, St. John’s Wort, and vitamin E to name a few…). Immediately after surgery patients should stick to an easy-to–digest diet like soup, toast and rice, and can advance their diet as they see fit. Staying well hydrated with water and sports drinks are important, too.
Patients often ask if vitamins after surgery are helpful. I recommend a multivitamin (with minimal to no vitamin E). I also provide patients with arnica and bromelain, which are supplements that can help to reduce swelling and inflammation.
As far as surgical garments, I generally place patients in a surgical bra with a compression strap that helps to support the breasts and gently settles the implants down into the breast pockets. This bra is worn for a week after surgery. After that, patients can switch into a light sports bra or yoga bra, and can also use normal non-underwire bras if they are comfortable. Underwire bras are avoided for 4 months or so to avoid pressure of the wire into the lower breast skin.
With all of these ways to improve their postoperative recovery, patients can play an important role in their own healing process. Patients are usually excited with their results and are eager to do whatever they can to promote the smoothest recovery possible. Although some restrictions (like limited exercise and lifting) are inconvenient, all of these recommendations are designed to maximize results and minimize complications. When I explain this to patients, they are happy to accept short term limitations in exchange for the best long term results.