Women who seek breast augmentations usually do it to improve the way they look and feel. Often, those who have gained or lost a significant amount of weight or who have breastfed notice changes in the shape and size of their breasts, and look to breast implants to make corrections. After any surgery, weight gain is possible due to the time off that is required from intense exercise. It's particularly important to manage weight gain after breast augmentation because it can affect the look of your implants. Managing your diet and return to exercise can help you avoid unwanted gains.
Lose Weight After Breast Augmentation
Diet carefully. When you're sedentary during recovery, remember that your body requires fewer calories because you're not as active. It only takes an excess of 3,500 calories to gain one pound, so if you continue to eat during recovery as you did if you were exercising before your operation, you will likely gain weight. Keep a journal to record your dietary intake. Calculate your basal metabolic rate (BMR), like the one on Discovery's website, and adjust your caloric intake based on your BMR and activity level. A daily calorie deficit of 500 per day will help you to safely lose one pound per week.
Begin light exercise. Always follow the directions your doctor gives you first. According to plastic surgeon Dr. Stanley Foster, you should give your body a day or two to rest after surgery, but try to begin taking short walks soon after. Limit your arm movement and don't bounce as you step. As you heal, you can start to take longer walks and engage in low-impact cardio, like bicycle riding.
Return to your pre-op workout routine once your doctor gives you clearance. This will help you burn calories and lose weight after surgery. It usually takes at least six weeks to return to intense exercise, but you may be able to return earlier, depending on your healing process and doctor recommendations. Be sure to return slowly. You should avoid high-impact exercises until you are fully recovered, as these can cause your implants to shift and heal improperly. Also avoid pectoral exercises, as these can cause your implants to shift. If your surgery required the pectorals to be cut, you'll need to allow them to fully heal.
- After surgery, give your body time to rest so you can recovery quickly. Take the time to read, write or do other activities you don't normally have the time to enjoy. Spend time with friends and family to avoid feeling lonely or depressed as you heal.
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