Jogging or Running After Breast Surgery – Tips and Timeline

Top Tips and Timeline for Jogging or Running after Breast Surgery – Taking Your New Breast Implants for a Run

Breast surgery is a cosmetic procedure that is done either to change the appearance of your breasts: increase, decrease, or correct any functional issues. There are various techniques like breast augmentation through either implant or fat grafting or both, breast lift, explant surgery, and revision surgery. After undergoing breast surgery, you’ll have to limit your mobility to heal faster.

Dr Scott Turner is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Newcastle and Sydney NSW. Here are his best tips for runners.

Timeline for Returning to Running or Jogging after Breast Surgery

It is recommended that you follow this timeline for resuming jogging and running. However, you should note that this timeframe is just a general guideline, and the timeframe needed for you to ease into jogging and running could be different. It would be better for both your recovery and the result that you consult with Dr Turner before you consider returning to such exercises.

Initial few days

Bed rest is recommended for the initial two days after completion of the procedure. You should have someone to assist you with day-to-day activities during this period.

You may be able to move around the house a little bit after the third day but do not attempt too much at once. Performing gentle movements may also help you increase your blood circulation which can lead to faster recovery.

Up to Two Weeks

You may start introducing light-intensity exercises into your routine slowly and steadily. It is recommended that you start with light cardio like walking and then gradually jog. Try exercising when the temperature is cool and try not working out in hot temperatures. You can gradually increase the duration of your walk and jog. If you feel any discomfort during the workout, you should immediately stop and rest.

Up to four weeks

As you continue to recover, you may be able to continue gentle cardio exercises like cycling a stationary bike, going for long walks, or jogging. During this period it is recommended that you attempt at only 50-60% of pre-op pace while you slowly rebuild your endurance.

You should not get involved in any exercises that target muscles of the chest and those exercises that require upper body movements.

Up to six weeks

You will have to visit Dr Turner for a follow-up to ensure that your incisions are healing as they should and that your recovery is going smoothly. During the follow-up with Dr Turner, he may allow you to increase the intensity of the cardio exercises than the previous weeks. You may also be allowed to resume strength-building as well as core-strengthening exercises. However, you should still avoid running at your full pace or working your chest muscles.

After Six Weeks

Six to eight weeks after the procedure after you are approved by Dr Turner, you may resume running as you would before the surgery. However, you should keep in mind that the healing pace of each individual varies and if you feel you’re still not ready to run, you shouldn’t push yourself. Giving yourself plenty of time to heal properly is the basis of successful recovery.

Following Dr Turner’s Post-op Care Guidelines

The instructions given by Dr Turner after the procedure can help make your recovery smoother. A faster recovery can make your transition to resuming running, jogging, and other exercises easier. Following them religiously increases the chances of becoming healthier and may also preserve your results longer. Some of the guidelines include:

Avoid smoking: Smoking is known to constrict blood vessels which results in slower recovery. Apart from this, it can also cause unsatisfactory scarring.

Drink plenty of water: You need to provide your body with plenty of fluids to keep your tissues hydrated which will speed up your recovery. You should consume low-calorie beverages and water while avoiding alcohol and beverages that are high in calories.

Massage: Some breast surgeries like breast implant augmentation require you to massage your breasts as it reduces the chances of capsular contracture. Regularly performing breast massage during the first year after the procedure will prepare your new breasts to engage in any vigorous activities. You should only perform such a massage after the incision site has been healed. It is recommended that you massage your breast thrice a day in the first month and reduce its frequency over time.

However, breast massage should be avoided for a few weeks after fat grafting to the breast as it can dislodge the newly transferred fat.

You will be taught about the proper techniques for performing a breast massage as well as the appropriate time to perform them.

Sleeping position: It is recommended that you sleep on your back while keeping your breasts in an elevated position for the initial few weeks. Sleeping on your side or your back in the first few weeks will put further stress on your breast which may result in further complications. See How to Sleep Better after Breast Surgery.

Do not ignore any signs and symptoms of discomfort

Generally, patients can perform light-intensity exercises two or three weeks after breast surgery, you should remember that recovery time will vary for each individual. In some cases, patients may be able to return to their exercise routine as usual while some may still experience discomfort while exercising. So, you need to be careful and watch out for any unwanted signs and symptoms. You should immediately stop if you experience any discomfort while running. You should not continue such exercises and consult with Dr Turner immediately for further medical management.

You should be able to distinguish between warning signs and common signs after breast surgery so that you can reach out to Dr Turner immediately in case of a medical emergency.

  • Fever: A fever is indicative of an infection. You will be prescribed medications to control the fever that may occur after the surgery.
  • Pain: You will feel mild to moderate pain that will gradually lessen over time and this can also be managed with the prescribed medications. If there is an increase in pain and swelling, you should immediately stop the activity.
  • Incision site: Bandages will be applied to keep your incisions clean and aid in absorbing any minor bleeding and discharge. You should regularly change your surgical dressing to prevent any infection around the incision site. Oozing and excess drainage can cause infection at the incision site.

Top Tips for Running and Jogging with New Breast Implants

As Breast Augmentation does not affect your long-term exercise routine, it does limit your running in the first few weeks. After your breast implant surgery, you will need time to let your body heal so that your breast implants will settle into their desired position. However, physically active individuals are more concerned about returning to their exercise routines as soon as possible.

To better prepare yourself for any strenuous activity or running after breast surgery, the following tips can be of great help:

1. Start Gently – When You are Ready

After undergoing breast surgery, it is essential that you give your body enough time to heal to achieve the best possible outcome. If you force yourself to run or attempt any highly demanding physical activity, it may cause profuse bleeding, scarring, excruciating pain, infection, as well as discomfort at the incision site. You should listen to your body and know when to stop.

There is no standard time to resume your running again. Your body has its unique way of healing. Most surgeons recommend that you should wait at least 2-3 weeks before engaging in any physical activities or other work-related routines to allow your body to heal. Do not strain yourself or push your body to get back to your routine. After such time, you can slowly return to your exercise routine.

Why do you need a good recovery before resuming running?

  • Ensuring that your surgical incisions have healed
  • You need to allow time to ensure the new tissues around the implant can support your implant pocket.
  • Sweating can increase the risk of infection.

Talk to your surgeon or nurses regarding your recovery time before your hospital discharge. Also, you should follow up with your surgeon to give you the cue to start running again.

2. Watch Out for Any Discomfort

While most patients can engage in running 2-3 weeks after breast implant surgery, it is important to keep in mind that recovery time varies from person to person. For some, this time frame is enough for them to perform their exercise routine as usual. However, some patients may still experience discomfort while exercising, so it is essential to be vigilant and watch out for any untoward signs and symptoms. If you experience any discomfort while running, do not force yourself to continue. Stop and consult your physician immediately for further medical management. After breast augmentation, warning signs can overlap with normal signs developed by the surgery. As these signs normally start after discharge, you should comprehend well when to reach out to your surgeons. Here are some tips:

  • It is normal to experience a mild fever after surgery as your immune system tries to introduce itself to the foreign implants. Usually, your doctor will prescribe you antibiotics that help with your fever.
  • It is common to experience pain after breast augmentation. Swelling and soreness are natural signs after any surgical procedure. The physical intervention and the healing process can cause you pain that will subside with pain medications. Your doctor will give you a prescription for it. You should watch out for increased pain and swelling.
  • Your surgeon will place surgical bandages on your incisions. These bandages help keep your incisions clean and aid in absorbing any minor bleeding and discharge. It is vital to change your surgical dressing as directed to prevent any source of infection around your incisions. Oozing and drainage are your alerts that something is going wrong.

3. You’ll need a Good Support Bra

After your breast augmentation surgery, you start to feel the weight of your new breasts caused by your implants and the swelling from the surgery. Your surgeon will support this new weight with surgical bandages and a surgical bra. Wearing a good support bra whenever you run protects your new breast implants by maintaining their shape and position. By doing so, you can prevent breast asymmetry and other breast implant complications. Make sure that your sports bra is snug-fit and comfortable. The right bra will help you to maintain your implants’ success results.

You’ll have to wear the compression garment for at least six to eight weeks after the completion of any type of breast surgery. This garment is known to accelerate recovery after surgical procedures. It is an essential part of postoperative care following plastic surgical procedures of the breast. Not only does it keep the breast in its new place, but it also reduces pain and swelling.

Things to consider while choosing the right type of sports bra after breast surgery

  • It should help maintain the weight under your breasts.
  • It should not rub against your surgical incisions.
  • It should be comfortable.
  • It should be easy to take off.

The right bra size is crucial after breast augmentation. A tight sports bra may impair blood circulation within your breasts. Talk to your surgeon or the nurses regarding the best sports bra brands to ensure your implants are adequately stabilised when running.

4. Make a staged plan

When your surgeon tells you to rest from your active life after surgery, it might be a tough period for you, especially if you are quite dedicated to your health and fitness routine. If this is important to you, consider making a plan to get your body ready to go back to your vigorous routine. With your surgeon’s approval, this plan may include a precise timeline and the types of activities you can do according to your healing progress. Scaling up your physical workout only depends on your skin healing and overall recovery.

A possible plan for your workout routine can include:

  • In the first week: After breast augmentation, you should not strain yourself. Resting and responding to your basic needs are the only acceptable activities you can do in the first few days. In the following days, you can gently move around your house to increase your blood circulation. In the second two weeks: You can prepare your body for getting back to your active routine by introducing gentle cardio exercise. Walking is a big step in this stage. You can start walking in cool weather to avoid raising your heart rate and body temperature. With passing time, you can increase the duration of your exercise.
  • After a month: You can scale up the intensity of your workout. You can combine a couple of normal-paced exercises along with a longer walking routine. After your follow-up, your surgeon may allow adding some leg-based exercises like indoor cycling. With time and healing, you can add some core workouts while avoiding upper-body routines.
  • After six weeks: You may take less or more time to heal, however, most surgeons expect you to be fully recovered by six weeks. Your breast surgeon will allow exercises like running, swimming, and cross-fit workouts. The golden rule is to know your limits. Always plan and go along with your body’s recovery.

5. Massage Your New Breasts Before Running After Breast Surgery

Home care is an essential step at this point. Taking care of yourself can increase your chances of becoming healthier and preserving your aesthetic results longer. When it comes to taking care of breast implants, your surgeon will include breast massage in the list. Your surgeon usually recommends you to do so to:

  • Reduce the probability of capsular contraction: After your surgeon places your breast implants, scar tissues start to surround your implant, forming what are called capsules. These capsules, with time, may harden and contract causing severe pain in your chest.
  • Prevent a reduction in the size of the implant pocket.
  • Maintain the soft feeling of your new breasts.

Regular breast massage in the first 6 to 12 months after your breast implant surgery will prepare your new breasts to engage in any vigorous activities. After the healing of your surgical incisions, you can start doing your breast massage. The rule of thumb for breast massage is to initiate massaging three times a day in the first month and reduce its frequency over time till reaching a five-minute massage daily through the life of your implants. Before discharge, your physician or nurse will teach you the proper breast massage techniques as well as when to perform them.

6. Always Plan ahead for best results

After you consult with Dr Turner, with his help and approval, you should build up a plan that should include a precise timeline and the permitted activities you are allowed to resume according to your recovery progress. Increasing the intensity of your physical workout will depend on the healing of your skin and your overall recovery.

FAQs about Jogging and Running after Breast Surgery

How long after breast surgery can you run?

Start moving and exercising gently. Avoid over-exertion. Most surgeons suggest waiting 3 to 4 weeks before running.

What Bra should I wear when exercising after Breast Surgery?

It’s important to wear a supportive sports bra specifically designed for post-surgical use to minimise movement and provide adequate support during exercise.

How long after breast surgery can you run?

There is no fixed time for when you can resume running after undergoing breast surgery. Generally, most people would be able to resume running at 50-60% of their pre-surgery pace after a month. You’ll only be able to resume running at full capacity after the sixth or eighth week or only after Dr Turner clears you physically to run.

How tight should my post-surgery bra be?

The compression bras should be comfortable yet should be exerting enough pressure to support your breasts and implants in position. It should not be too tight. Wearing tight compression garments can cause more harm than good as it can affect the blood supply to your breasts, thus interfering with your recovery process following the surgery.

What happens if you exercise too soon after surgery?

Exercising right after surgery can worsen the side effects which means excessive and prolonged pain, discomfort, bruising, and swelling.


How you take care of yourself at home is as important as your surgeon’s performance on your breast surgery. The way you care for your new implants can affect the final results of the procedure.

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Next Steps

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Making The Most of Your Consultation

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  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided.

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