As the summer months approach, it’s no wonder that one of the most common questions women have after breast augmentation is, “How soon can I go swimming?” You’ll undoubtedly be eager to don that bikini that complements your new curves, but follow these rules when it comes to swimming after getting breast implants.
Swimming Counts as Strenuous Activity
If you want to lounge with friends by the pool, that’s one thing. Trying to beat your personal best at the breaststroke is another. One of the most important of all post-op instructions is to avoid strenuous activity, and yes, swimming does count. The muscles and tissues in your chest area will need time to recover, and swimming is exactly the kind of activity that can compromise proper healing.
Be Mindful of Your Incisions
The last thing you want to do is increase your risk for infection at your incision sites, and swimming too soon after surgery can do just that. Incisions should be fully healed before you sit immersed in any body of water, including pools, oceans, jacuzzis or bathtubs. If you’re hanging out at the pool and want to take a dip up to your waist, that should be fine. Just keep those incisions away from the water.
Follow Your Surgeon’s Instructions
As with any cosmetic procedure, the most important thing to focus on after surgery is strictly following your cosmetic surgeon’s instructions. They will probably give you the go-ahead to return to the water around 4 to 6 weeks after surgery, but that timeline can vary from person to person. So, pay attention and follow doctor’s orders to get the best results from your breast augmentation.
Dr. Joseph J. Castellano is a native Floridian who grew up in the Tampa Bay area. During medical school and his 5 years of training in General Surgery, Dr. Castellano developed a strong interest in Cosmetic Surgery. He followed his residency training with an elective year of specialized training with the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. From 2010-2011, he completed a fellowship in Indiana focused entirely of cosmetic surgery of the face and body. During his fellowship, he received specialized training in facial rejuvenation, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, and body contouring. Dr. Castellano received his board certification from the American College of Surgeons in 2010.
Dr. Castellano focuses on breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, liposuction, facelift, and eyelid rejuvenation. Additionally, he operates on numerous skin cancers, scar revisions, spider veins, and specializes in the management of aging skin with chemical peels and laser resurfacing.
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