What to avoid after breast implant surgery

What to avoid after breast implant surgery

16th Oct 2018

The recovery after breast implant surgery is in a vast majority of cases fast and uneventful. There is a certain amount of pain and discomfort to be experienced by the patient after the surgery, but it can be kept under control with pain medication that will be prescribed by your plastic surgeon. However, there are things you need to avoid after plastic surgery if you want a speedy recovery and to avoid unnecessary pain.

What to avoid after breast augmentation with implants

1. Intense physical exercises

Your plastic surgeon will advise you to start moving as soon as the anesthesia wears off after your breast augmentation. However, the movements are restricted to walks around the room in the beginning and then around the house and the neighborhood. Ample arm movements are to be avoided at all costs, even if they are done during everyday activities such as reaching for a higher shelf in the pantry or pulling the door of the car.

Many patients feel good and restored within the first week after breast augmentation surgery and able to start exercising more intensely to get into shape. However, the patient needs to take into consideration that deep tissues need more time to heal. By performing intense exercises that involve the muscles of the chest, significant complications can be triggered, such as the opening of the surgical wounds and displacement of the implants.

2. Having sexual intercourse

One of the reasons for undergoing breast augmentation is to have more sex appeal and more alluring curves. So it is only natural for patients to ask when they can have sexual intercourse after a breast augmentation procedure. Just as in the case of intense physical exercises, sexual intercourse should be avoided for at least a month or until you have a green light from your plastic surgeon. The pressure put on the breasts too early during the recovery phase can lead to implant displacement, pain, discomfort, and the opening of the surgical incisions. Moreover, even if the pain won’t occur during intimate moments, it can occur later on in the day.

3. Staying too long without the sports or post-op bra

Your plastic surgeon will advise you to wear a post-op or sports bra as soon as you leave the clinic after the procedure. You should wear the sports bra non-stop for the first weeks following the surgery and once your plastic surgeon decides it is time, only during the day. Of course, you can take the sports bra off when you are having a shower. However, many patients think it will be more comfortable if they keep the post-op bra for longer periods of time or at night. This is not a good idea, especially for the first few weeks after your breast implant surgery. Your new breasts need support and good compression to restore after surgery. So staying too long or sleeping without the sports bra during the first stages of the recovery period is to be avoided at all costs.

4. Not eating enough

It is normal for some patients not to be very interested in eating after a surgical intervention. The pain and discomfort experienced can put a dent in your appetite. However, the eating regimen after any surgical intervention is an important factor that counts towards a fast recovery. To be able to recover fast, your body needs nutrients and vitamins. If you have a strict diet or you are just not eating enough after the intervention, this can significantly slow down the recovery process and reduces your body’s ability to heal. So even if you don’t have an appetite, make sure to eat enough and choose your calorie source wisely, mostly from fruits, vegetables, and lean meats.

5. Extreme temperatures on the operated areas

Some of us prefer hot showers or baths, but after a breast implant surgery, extreme temperatures are to be avoided, especially on the operated areas. This means that even if you are allowed to shower, the water temperature should be moderate and never too hot. Your plastic surgeon will also advise you to apply ice packs to the breasts to help reduce the swelling and speed up the recovery process. But this doesn’t mean that they have to be applied directly on the surgical wounds or the skin. Ice packs should only be applied on a piece of cloth that is over the breasts. This way, you avoid the skin attaching to the compress and damaging it when taking the ice pack away. Also, it is important to keep in mind that the ice packs should not be kept on the operated areas for more than 20 minutes at a time.

6. Taking very strong pain medication

The plastic surgeon will prescribe pain medication. In a vast majority of cases, we are talking about simple analgesics that are perfectly capable of reducing the level of pain you are experiencing. Some patients who have a lower tolerance to pain will be prescribed stronger pain killers. It is important for your wellbeing not to take strong medication out of fear of pain. Pain is a natural side effect after any surgical intervention, including breast implant surgery. It usually doesn’t last longer than a few days (up to a week) and is not very intense.


A breast augmentation surgery with implants is commonly performed nowadays all over the world. However, to ensure you have a good recovery and avoid unnecessary pain, there are some things you need to avoid once your procedure is done.

Avoiding intense physical exercises, sexual intercourse, and extreme temperatures on the operated areas are essential for the success of your procedure and a speedy recovery.

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