Breast Augmentation: When Can I Swim, Exercise, or Fly After Surgery?

Woman traveling after recovering from breast augmentation surgery.

Considering breast augmentation at our plastic surgery practice in Burlington? You likely have a few questions about the recovery process and what it will look like to return to your usual routine after surgery. While everyone heals at their own pace, there are a few general milestones after surgery. Having these milestones in mind can help you plan for your downtime and keep your eyes on the prize of resuming your favorite activities with a new body you feel amazing about.

In this blog post, we will explain a few general recovery guidelines you should follow for the safest and speediest recuperation.

What Are the First Few Days of Breast Augmentation Recovery Like?

The first few days after surgery are all about resting and getting plenty of good sleep. Sleeping on an incline, either in a recliner or propped up on pillows, will reduce swelling and keep pressure off your implants. Stay away from too much caffeine, blue light, and other sleep inhibitors before bed to make sure you get as much deep, uninterrupted sleep as possible—ideally 8 hours a night.

Hold off on any strenuous physical activities, especially ones that involve using your upper body muscles. Take gentle walks around the house to improve your circulation and incorporate some light movement. Learn more about what you can expect during these first few days in this previous blog post.

When Can I Exercise After Breast Augmentation?

While easy, light walks are encouraged early in your recovery, more intensive exercise should wait until the 4- to 6-week mark. Start with faster walking after about 2 weeks and gradually work your way up to more strenuous workouts. Listen to your body as you ease back into exercise. If you feel unusually tired or have any discomfort in your breasts or around your incisions, ease off for a few more days.  

When Can I Swim After Breast Augmentation?

You can safely get back in the water around 4 to 6 weeks after surgery, which is when your incisions are typically well-healed. Pat yourself dry to avoid irritating your incisions and make sure they don’t stay wet for extended periods, as this can increase your chance of infection.

When Can I Fly After Breast Augmentation?

Wait at least 2- to 3-weeks after surgery to travel by plane, so you don’t risk experiencing post-surgical complications mid-flight. Keep your medications and your surgeon’s instructions on hand so you can reference them as necessary.

Ultimately, you should always precisely follow the recovery instructions your plastic surgeon gives you. Your surgeon will provide detailed aftercare guidance based on your specific procedure and case. If you have questions along the way, don’t hesitate to call. Your surgeon and surgical support staff are there to keep you safe and informed until you’re back to your usual routine and feeling more confident than ever.

To see examples of the results you can expect after breast augmentation with Dr. Otto Weiglein, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.

If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation here in Burlington, please contact us online or call (905) 634-5573.

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