Time really does fly; here we are four months post surgery and I am happy to report that not only are the girls as perky as ever but my bench press along with dips, pull ups and the ultimate test– depth push ups with explosive rebound up are back to full speed!
I’d like to share a few tips for women getting back into their workouts post breast augmentation. A few of them also relate to other surgeries and injuries.
- Don’t rush it. This one requires patience and has taken me decades to heed but you will save yourself time and anguish in the long run. Coming back too soon you are risking re injury and slowing down the actual healing process. Patience grasshopper
- Listen to your doctor (for the most part). I had a really good surgeon; in fact he performed the second first set over 21 years ago. He also took into consideration my fitness training and experience. He was spot on when he said to wait about 2 weeks before digging into any cardiovascular activity although “walk if you want, no arm swinging.” If I deviated I got a warning sign. Pay attention to what your body is telling you; it is far wiser than we ever give it credit for. “6 weeks before upper body work” he said. Hate to admit it again he was right. He even has a ‘rule’ on his patient release form about “never doing a push up or direct chest work again.” I had made a notation when signing the paper excluding it and when the nurse brought it to his attention he replied “oh no, she’s fine, she’s been doing push ups and benching for over 21 years and they held up well.” Nice of him to see my viewpoint. Where I didn’t listen was the excessive use of pre surgery anti nausea meds and post surgery antibiotics. Fodder for another psot
- Live to train another day. I had the days marked off on my calendar until the 6 weeks had passed and a follow up scheduled that very day. It was music to my ears when he said “yes you can do push ups, yes you can bench.” I could barely contain my excitement on the way out of the office. Back to the box I flew and to the weights I went. Whoa. Shit felt really different. As I tested simple moves like a pass through, inclined push up, bodyweight pull overs it was scary. Funny little pulls and pains that I didn’t want to ignore. Body wasn’t ready yet so I backed off going as light as I needed to and waited a little longer until the exercise felt right. Exercises such as db or bb bench presses felt better and I was able to perform and use heavier weights. Weeks 6 – 12 were a gradual progression back to where I was.
- Believe in the comeback. I’ve been so fortunate with my health with only minor injuries over the years that what seemed like it would never be the same now is. At almost 4 months I am at 90% and rising. The last two exercises (as I predicted) to come back were dips and pull ups. With dips coming back first. I finally did 3 strict pull ups yesterday without assistance. I can typically do 10-12 so it’s just a matter of time to regain the strength now that the movement is back.
- Be Grateful. This was elective surgery. While we certainly did not want to go around with a deflated girl the initial decision was not born out of necessity. Many people have grave horrific injuries to get over. This was all my choosing and a small price to pay for perkier and bigger girls.
- Any regrets? None whatsoever. I have not had any since originally deciding to have them done in 1983. At age 55 I briefly considered leaving them but I am too fit, too active and still want to look well. It was unfortunate but they had to be taken out or redone to avoid long term complications. I opted for the redo and that was definitely the right decision. With the improvements in materials I’m hoping for at least 30 years out of this pair. I’ll have the perkiest girls of any 85 yo in the gym! Long live the girls!