Life After Breast Augmentation


13You’ve taken the plunge and went under the knife for a boob job. You feel amazing afterwards. However, keep in mind that your journey doesn’t end there. After heeding your plastic surgeon’s advice regarding post-op care, which usually lasts two to three weeks after surgery, it’s now time to get on your feet and try some post breast enlargement exercise techniques.

 

This set of exercises can help you to regain a better range of motion and faster healing. Of course, it is best to check out this plastic surgeon’s website prior to doing this to find out when’s the best time to start with these exercises.

 

Clasp, Reach, and Spread

 

  1. Sit up straight in a chair, preferably facing a mirror. Start the exercise with your hands clasped in your lap. The goal is to move your hands all the way to the back of your neck.
  2. Slowly raise your hands toward your forehead, keeping your elbows as close together as possible. If you feel incisional pulling or discomfort, stop and rest your hands where they are (your chin, nose, and forehead, top of your head) and hold the position for one minute. You may do deep breathing until the pulling subsides. If the pain does not subside, slowly return to the start position after one minute. If it does subside, continue the exercise until you feel the pulling again. Hold for one minute. Then return slowly to the start position. It may take several sessions for you to complete all the positions of this exercise. Take your time, and remember that the goal of stretching is to relax the scar tissue.

 

  1. As you are able to go further with the exercise, slide your hands over your head, keeping your elbows close to your ears. Remember to keep your head up! Check your position to make sure you can see your chin in the mirror. Slide your hands down until you reach the back of your neck. When your hands reached the base of your neck, open your elbows wide out to the side. Hold this position for one minute. Slowly reverse direction and return to the start position.

 

Side Wall Stretch

 

Once you have reached your full range of motion with the above exercises, this exercise will help you to stretch a little more:

 

  1. Stand perpendicular (sideways) to the wall with the arm on the side of surgery facing the wall and your feet about one foot away from the wall. Reach your arm up to the wall and put the heel of your hand on the wall. Do not rest your weight on your fingers.

 

  1. Lean on the wall so that the heel of your hand slides up the wall until you feels incisional pulling. Hold this position for one minute. Return to the start position. Do this with the other arm as well.

 

  1. Repeat the exercise until you no longer feel incisional pulling while your arm is at the full height of the position.

 

A word of caution though; remember, do not force yourself if it’s too difficult on your part. Do gentle exercises slowly and steadily over the next few weeks until your momentum is built. Do light activities first and do not put too much pressure by lifting heavy objects or overstretching/pulling your arm. Regularly communicate with your doctor or nurse for proper guidance on the dos and don’ts after your operation. These post breast enlargement exercise techniques are helpful only if your healthcare providers are well aware and approve of it.