Dos and Don’ts after breast surgery
Your 6-week binge of Netflix and Halo Top is finally drawing to an end, and now you’re ready to enjoy life with your new boobs. You've started on your road to recovery, but does that mean your active lifestyle can resume right now? We find out for you, and leave you with these top breast implant recovery tips.
Can I have sex after breast surgery?
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to having sex after breast surgery. Key points to remember? Keep your boobs supported (at every angle!), be wary of vigorous movement and try to keep a little distance between your chest and your partner’s body weight. Although there’s no harm in light fondling, be mindful that your breasts will be sensitive to touch for up to 3 weeks after surgery. And remember, there’s nothing wrong with keeping your compression bra on. When else would you get away with wearing a comfy bra during sex?
There is no set timescale as to when you can have sex after a boob job. Take it easy though- sex is exercise after all. Stick to what you are comfortable with and don’t try any moves that will impact your upper body until you’ve hit the 6-week mark. Chances are, your partner will be more nervous about it than you are! Allow only gentle movement of the breasts within the first few weeks.
Can I go on holiday afterwards?
If you are going abroad during recovery or soon after, there are a few key elements you should consider. We know what you’re thinking- A) I’ve got new boobies B) I’ve got a new bikini 3) Let’s get in the pool. If you are 6-8 weeks post-op, you’ll still need to go easy on the exercise and you might still require the support of your post-surgical compression bra. In this case, you’re also not going to want to get your wounds wet doing `the butterfly`. It’s always best to ask your surgeon for advice before you go away if you’re not sure. P.s. Your boobs WILL NOT explode if you board an airplane. When it comes to flying after breast surgery, usually it’s best to wait 2 weeks post-op to fly short-haul, and 6 weeks to fly long-haul.
If you are going somewhere hot and sunny (firstly, lucky you!) then your breasts should be protected from those UV rays as much as possible. We’re not saying you should miss out on all the sun, but make sure your boobs are covered and lathered up with some good old SPF, paying attention to your scars.
When can I use the sunbeds again?
You need to be very cautious when using sunbeds after breast surgery. If your surgical scars are exposed, there is risk of hyperpigmentation. This means the skin under your breasts (or wherever your incisions are) may darken or change colour. Your surgeon will be able to offer you further guidance, but as a rule, don’t go topless.
If you want to use sunbeds soon after recovery, you should aim to protect the entire breast. Use a good SPF sun cream, and pay attention to your scars when layering up. Top tip? Wear plasters over your scars, and choose thick, opaque material to cover your boobs with. Most importantly, make sure you wait 6-8 weeks post-surgery. We know you’re eager to make your boobies look all golden and sun kissed, but that time will come soon enough.
Can I drink alcohol after surgery?
Say `no` to Pornstar Martinis and `yes` to Mojito mocktails… you’re on a mini booze ban. It might be tempting, but you should avoid alcohol for 48 hours after having breast surgery, and try to limit your intake in the weeks leading up to surgery. This is so your painkillers, antibiotics and anaesthetic are left to do their job effectively and to limit bleeding during your op.
Always follow the advice of your expert surgeon when drinking alcohol before and after surgery. We know you are looking forward to giving your breasts a night out, but you need to think about your body’s overall health first and foremost.
When can I wear normal bras after breast surgery?
Don’t underestimate the power of the post-surgical compression bra! They may not be on par with Victoria’s Secret- but as for bras for after breast surgery, they do a damn good job of keeping your breasts in place during recovery. Most importantly, they have clasps down the front, so you can get in and out of them with ease. That said, although it’s tempting to show them off, try not to undo your bra too often as this will disrupt your implants’ beauty sleep.
This is the exciting part! Make sure you get booked in with your surgeon to have your breasts measured. Once you have your cup size, you can start shopping for brand new bras. Call it a `welcome home` gift for your boobies! Although you should wait 6 weeks until you wear regular bras, bear in mind that you might need to wait longer to introduce underwired ones again. But this all depends on how long it takes for your scars to heal.
Can I go braless after breast surgery?
If you’re thinking of unleashing your boobies during recovery, think again. Your breasts need to be well and truly supported for at least 6 weeks after surgery, and if not, longer. This is to protect the newly augmented tissue while it heals; they are not ready for your Little Mix routine or a low-flying chiffon dress just yet!
Show your new boobs off with pride! One of the benefits of having augmented boobies is that they will stay perky and uplifted even when you are not wearing a bra (providing you look after them during recovery). Be picky about the material under your boobs, though- you don’t want stray jewels and buttons aggravating your scars. And remember, you should only go braless after 6 weeks.
Can I do exercise after a breast augmentation?
Whatever your daily activity level, it’s vital that you listen to your body and take it slow after having any form of surgery. Even if you feel like you’re back to your normal self and rearing to go, your breasts might not be ready for the impact. Lifting, running and stretching too soon can extend your recovery period and might also put the results of your boob job in jeopardy. We’ll say this once. It’s. Just. Not. Worth. It.
Wean yourself back in and try our gentle exercise ideas:
1) Immediately after surgery – Rest as much as possible and don’t so any exercise.
2) 1 week after – Don’t rush back into your exercise routine. Start slowly with light exercise such as small tasks around the house or garden.
3) Week 2 –You should avoid exercise for the upper body for 6 weeks. Focus on the lower body only. Try light cardio and low impact exercises such as leg lifts on walking on a treadmill.
4) Week 6 – Most of your swelling should have subsided. Start to introduce light upper body exercise into your routine such as lower weight and reps. Don’t push your body beyond its comfort levels. It takes time to heal fully!
5) Top tip – Be patient and listen to your body. Talk to your surgeon who will advise you on how to build exercise back into your routine following breast surgery.
When can I have a bath after breast surgery?
It’s hard to beat the soothing feeling of slipping into a bubble bath after a long day and let us reassure you, having breast surgery will be one of the most memorable days of your life. It’s a day you’ve decided to do something for you, and only you! We know you’re all independent women, but if you’re having a bath for the first time after surgery, don’t do it alone. Make sure you have a partner, close friend or family member on hand to help you get in and out- you don’t want to be using your full body weight just yet!
You can have a tepid bath or shower (we’re not talking power mode) 1-2 weeks after your boob job, but try to keep your dressing dry. If it’s a bath you’re craving, consider buying a bath pillow to prop yourself up with.
Each year, we guide thousands of women through breast augmentation surgery. Our expert surgeons, nurses, and patient advisors are dedicated to making your experience as enjoyable and memorable as possible. We’re always ready to answer your questions, no matter how big or small.