How to Get Back to Your Workout Routine After Breast Augmentation

Many patients recovering from breast augmentation find their inactivity can make them restless. They understand how important it is for the body to heal correctly, but as their energy renews many women are anxious to get back to their workout schedule. Here are some helpful hints with a timeline of how ease back into your exercise routine. 

Don’t Over Do It

The biggest concern with breast implants especially with those placed under the pectoral muscle is overusing this muscle too soon. It needs time to heal correctly to avoid the risk of capsular contracture. This complication can cause an irregular shape and give the implant a rock-hard feel. When considering working out the upper body, the goal should be to allow the implant placement area to heal where it won’t become prominent.

Here is a general outline of returning to your workout after surgery safely. However, you must remember each patient is unique, and a distinctive recovery plan may be necessary.

First Five Days

Initially, rest is critical after surgery. You may move around some but limit it to mild walking. This walk may be as short as from the couch to the refrigerator, or from the bedroom to the bathroom when necessary. This alone may wear you out for the first couple of days after surgery.

Next Six to Ten Days

Light cardio with walking. This can include getting outdoors if it’s not too hot, choosing the cooler parts of the day during the summer. Keep the pace slow and don’t elevate the heart rate to keep the risk of infection and inflammation low. Also, the implants must settle on their own and not with the help of a fast-paced walk.

Weeks Three to Four

You should feel your energy level getting back to normal, and with Dr. Dreyfuss’s approval, you can increase your activity level. A low-impact cardio like jogging at a 50 – 70% of your normal pace may be appropriate. Machines like stationary bikes or elliptical machines are good options as well.

Your leg routine may resume if you start with body weight only. You should avoid using weights (including dumbbells) with squats.

Biceps and triceps training is okay with limited weight and working out your lower abdominals is acceptable as well. 

Suggested Exercises

Here are some exercises you  may find useful to help get you back in shape after your breast augmentation surgery.


  • Lunges – walking, side, single leg, and backward
  • Presses – close stance, wide stance, and normal stance
  • Extensions
  • Pistol Squats
  • Abductor
  • Standing Hamstring Curl
  • Butt Lifts
  • Hyperextension
  • Step ups (no weights)
  • Calf raises – toes forward, toes in, and toes out

Upper Body

  • Hammer Curls
  • Bicep Curls
  • Cable Curls
  • Single Arm Preacher
  • Triceps Pushdowns
  • Reverse Grip Triceps Pushdowns


  • Scissor Kicks
  • Leg Raises
  • Pulse Ups
  • Flutter Kicks
  • Frog Presses
  • Reverse Crunches
  • Ins and Outs

Again, you should not engage in any exercise during your breast augmentation recovery without the permission from Dr. Dreyfuss first.

Seek Professional Guidance

There are professional trainers and physical therapists who are familiar with recovery routines for breast augmentation, however, your program should be approved by Dr. Dreyfuss first. Many patients enjoy having someone to help them in their workout routines while others are fine on their own. Whatever your preference, make sure you discuss in detail what you are doing and what you plan to do with Dr. Dreyfuss. 

Learn More

For more information about workout routines after breast augmentation, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Dreyfuss today.

Call us at 815-806-9400 or Contact Us Today!