After bi-lateral breast reconstruction surgery with implants, can I use my chest area?

Yes but be careful. When used for breast reconstruction, breast implants are placed under the "pec" muscle. As you work your chest, your pec muscles compress and push the implants out to the side. Light chest work outs shouldn't make a difference longterm. More aggressive chest work outs can widen the implant pocket over time which can lead to the implants being displaced sideways, especially when you're laying down.
Yes. After an appropriate amount of recovery, you should be able to use your chest muscles, particularly the pectoralis without any restriction. Most often, implants are placed underneath the muscle. I often tell my patients to wait 2-3 months before any rigorous use of their chest to prevent the implant from migrating or moving from its intended location.
Sure (eventually) Although I am simplifying, i think of implants as breast prostheses that you "wear" under your skin. During the initial operation a tissue expander is placed under the pec muscle; this is expanded over weeks to slowly stretch the skin, until the space is large enough to accommodate a permanent implant. While this can cause discomfort, it improves over time. Eventually, one has few restrictions.
Yes. After appropriate time for healing, you should have no restrictions.

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Is it okay to work out my chest after having bi-lateral breast reconstruction surgery with implants?

Yes. Once you cleared by your plastic surgeon that you have passed the initial recovery period, you should be able to participate in all normal activities including exercise of the chest muscles. Depending on the type of reconstruction, you may notice some changes in the appearance of implants with exercise but this does not need to prevent you from participating in this activity. Read more...
Chest. Was the breast reconstruction due to cancer? Usually returning to working out is advisable post breast reconstruction regardless of the reason for the surgery. Precautions would include other tissue involvement because of underlying disease on treatment and placement of implant. Would discuss with your surgeon. Read more...
Yes but be careful. When used for breast reconstruction, breast implants are placed under the "pec" muscle. As you work your chest, your pec muscles compress and push the implants out to the side. Light chest work outs shouldn't make a difference longterm. More aggressive chest work outs can widen the implant pocket over time which can lead to the implants being displaced sideways, especially when you're laying down. Read more...
Post recon work out. Most implants placed for breast reconstruction re placed under the chest muscle (pectoralis). I usually have my patients wait 6 weeks before doing a light chest work out. Read more...
Yes. Once you get the go ahead from your surgeon it is ok to do chest exercises after breast reconstruction. The typical restriction period immediately post op is about 6 weeks. Read more...