After breast reduction surgery, how long should I wait before exercising?


I had breast reduction surgery four weeks ago and I love the new me!  I want the rest of my body to look as good as my chest.  I'm not sure how long I should wait before I start exercising and running again.


You will find many doctors have their own criteria so I would suggest you check with yours.  My own routine in the absence of any problems is 3 weeks with a very good supportive sport bra and to start with low impact activities and increase them as tolerated.  You should be able to do toning exercises and no impact activities like stationary bicycles and ellipticals.  The bottom line is that you should clear your activities with your surgeon first.  I'm glad to hear you are liking your results. 


In my practice, I ask my  patients who have undergone breast reduction surgery to wait at least three weeks to resume exercise.  This is something that I decide on an individual basis. However, you should speak with your own surgeon.  He or she would be best equipped to answer this question for you.


Exercising after Breast Reduction

I generally allow any exercise (as soon as you feel like it) except those that will cause downward movement of the breasts, such as running.  By four weeks, I allow return to any activity as long as you are wearing a good supportive sports bra.  This does not mean one of the ones with the stretchy fabric, but one with solid, non stretchable construction.  To be sure, however, since there are many types of reductions, you should ask your own surgeon.


I advise my patient that they can begin exercising within several weeks after breast reduction but I would ask your plastic surgeon what he recommends.

Dr. Domanskis

Edward J. Domanskis, M.D., FACS - View Other Answers by this Doctor
Newport Beach, CA

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