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Exercise restrictions after breast augmentation
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NicholeScott posted:
I am 30 years old and within the last 6 years I have worked off 60 pounds with regular exercise and healthy eating habits. As a result of losing the weight I went from a nice C cup to less than an A. A year ago June I had a breast augmentation done and was told by my doctor that I should not ever do pushups again. Is this true? I have not done any since then (until this last week) but have found that as a result I am very weak in the chest area. I clean houses and paint for a living so my shoulders get a lot of use and are very strong; however I am constantly at war with tight shoulders trying hunch forward. It seems very counter-productive to work the back and not the chest area! Someone please help me here!
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Rich Weil, MEd, CDE responded:
Hi Nichole,

For many years women who had implants after mastectomy were told not to do any chest work but doctors have relaxed their restrictions. But until your doctor gives you the go-ahead, you should not do them. There may be something about the anatomy and your augmentation that concerns your doctor. Go ahead and speak with the doctor, and it's important that you don't take advice online about this since the doctor knows your body and the surgery. It's not worth the risk until you know if it's safe or not. Good luck.
 
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Rich Weil, MEd, CDE responded:
Oh yes, congratulations on your weight loss. 60 pounds is awesome. Good for you.
 
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Rich Weil, MEd, CDE responded:
Oh yes, congratulations on your weight loss. 60 pounds is awesome. Good for you.