After we have surgery, the impulse to instantly resume our normal routines and behaviours can be very strong.

After Breast SurgeryFor many, part of these routines involve staying active and healthy through regular exercise. For others, having a full range of arm movement is part of their job – or, for those who enjoy lifting their young loved ones up, simply one of the jobs of being a mother.

So it’s no surprise that a common breast surgery question Dr. Levine gets is how long after the procedure can the patient have full lifting movement of her arms.

Generally, patients should wait about two weeks or so before doing regular and full arm lifts above their heads, and at that point mobility should still be regained slowly.

If lifting your arms causes pain in your chest, then take your time building up to that. You should never push your body beyond its limits while it heals.

Try lifting your arms up slowly to start, testing your comfort level, and don’t lift anything- even light objects- until the second week after the procedure. You may feel a bit of tightness at this point, but that is not unusual for breast surgery patients. The patient will wear a sports bra during this initial healing period, as it can help reduce discomfort.

It’s also important not to engage in any exacting physical upper-body exercise immediately after breast surgery. Unfortunately for fitness buffs, hitting the gym and resuming your upper body weight routine will have to be postponed until roughly a month and a half after the operation.

While this advice does apply to most people, the best advice is that which you receive from your doctor.

Experienced Toronto plastic surgeon Dr. Levine will discuss the range of upper body movement you can expect immediately after the procedure, as well as the timeline that your body will need to heal.

If you’re considering having breast surgery done to make your body look better and help you feel more confident in your own skin, contact us today to book a free consultation! Dr. Levine will go over the procedure in detail, talk about how it will be tailored to your specific body needs and also answer any questions you may have about the procedure and recovery.