Breast Augmentation Recovery: When Can You Swim, Fly, or Sleep Comfortably?

Woman at airport after Breast Augmentation Surgery in NY.

Breast augmentation can achieve wonderful results and give a feminine boost to your figure. However, like any surgery, the procedure requires a dedicated recovery time while your body heals. From questions about travel and exercise to how to comfortably sleep after breast augmentation, many of our Brooklyn patients want to know when they can return to their usual lifestyle. In this blog post, we’ll outline a few general guidelines about when you can safely resume certain activities after surgery.


After breast augmentation surgery, one of the most important things you can do is give your body the rest it needs. During the first few weeks, try to sleep on your back and avoid putting pressure on your chest. You can use pillows to keep your body elevated in bed or relax in a reclining armchair. These posture changes enhance circulation and keep you feeling as comfortable as possible. 

If you don’t naturally sleep on your back, you can “train” your body by placing a pillow under each arm as you rest. The pillows will give extra support to your body and prevent you from rolling over in the middle of the night.


You should be gentle with your body the first few days after your breast augmentation procedure. Afterward, light movement and slow daily walks can be beneficial to the healing process. More intense exercise, such as weightlifting or running, should be postponed until 6 to 8 weeks after surgery. Be sure to wear a supportive sports bra when working out, as this will reduce the movement of your breasts, provide extra support, and help you feel more comfortable. 


You can safely get back in the pool around 2 to 4 weeks after your breast augmentation, although many patients feel physically ready a bit earlier. The most important factor is making sure your incisions have healed fully so that your skin has the proper water resistance. After you’re out of the water, gently pat yourself dry with a towel so your incisions do not stay wet. Change out of your swimsuit as soon as possible.


If you’re flying to another city for your plastic surgery procedure, you should wait at least a week after surgery before flying. This delay will help you avoid any unexpected complications mid-flight and give your body time to build up stamina. Don’t lift or pull heavy luggage, and ask a loved one to place your suitcase in the overhead compartment for you. If you’re on a long flight, try taking short walks up and down the plane aisle to encourage blood flow and prevent clotting.

Have more questions about breast augmentation and recovery? Read our Breast Augmentation FAQ page for more information?

By knowing how to best support your body during the recovery process, you can enjoy your breast augmentation results as soon as possible. If you would like to learn more about your plastic surgery options in the Brooklyn, NY, area, please request a consultation online or call (718) 720-9400.

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