Swimming is undoubtedly one of the most relaxing forms of exercise, and is a staple in enjoying both the summer and tropical vacations. Having a breast augmentation doesn’t take away anyone’s desire to take a dip in a lake or ocean or do some laps.

Swimming After SurgerySo it’s no surprise that a very common question we get is, “How soon after surgery can I go swimming again?”

Swimming itself is a wonderful form of physical activity, and swimming after breast surgery is an excellent way to exercise all the major muscle groups to avoid muscular atrophy – Something often seen in post-surgical patients who remain sedentary for prolonged periods.

But there are a few precautions that breast surgery patients must take:

  1. Wait at least three weeks to go swimming
  2. Don’t submerge your chest in water until the incisions are healed
  3. When you’re ready to go swimming, change out of your wet top as soon as you’re out of the water

The first thing to remember – and this is an important one – is that you should not submerge your breasts in water until the incisions are completely healed. This means there are no scabbing areas and the incision is entirely closed. This process generally takes about three weeks.

We know that most patients feel they ready and raring to get back into activities such as swimming earlier than three weeks post-surgery. However, it is important to remember that skin tissues need sufficient time to heal until the water-resistant nature of the skin becomes once again safe for swimming.

But a recent breast surgery doesn’t mean you have to avoid the pool or beach entirely. You’re free to lounge by the water and even wade into the water up to your waist – just don’t dive in!

Even after three weeks, patients who hit the water are advised to make sure they dry their swimsuit tops and towel off well for a few additional weeks. This ensures the incisions heal properly and do not wet for long periods of time by a wet bathing suit top.

Another common question we get is about the buoyancy of breast implants, and how that might affect swimming.

The answer depends on the type of implant used. Saline implants are neutrally buoyant, meaning that they will neither float nor sink. Meanwhile, silicone implants are somewhat heavier than water, and can cause a slight sinking effect. This effect is minor and should not affect recreational swimming.

The bottom line is that you can quickly get back to the pool or beach after breast augmentation surgery so long as you remember to follow a few simple guidelines to ensure your breasts heal safely!