How Long After Breast Augmentation Can I Swim?

Breast Augmentation Las Vegas

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How Does a Breast Augmentation Work?

It helps to understand how breast augmentation is performed to gauge the best time to swim after the procedure. 

Every breast enhancement is unique to the patient, and the choices for the shape, consistency, and volume of the implants are based on your anatomy and Dr. Stile’s recommendation for what will look best. Implants can be saline or silicone, round or teardrop-shaped, and vary in volume. 

You will also consider the placement of the implants in relation to the pectoralis muscles. Subglandular placement is above the muscle and beneath the existing breast tissue. Submuscular is entirely below the pectoralis muscle. Then, there’s Dr. Stile’s specialty, dual-plane, where the upper 2/3 of the implant is placed below the muscle, and the lower 1/3 remains above. The breasts move more naturally during physical activity while maintaining their typical soft feel.

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

Ideal candidates are unhappy with smaller breasts, have asymmetrical concerns, or are having implants to increase volume after weight loss or a prior procedure, such as a mastectomy. Dr. Stile will consider your skin’s elasticity, existing breast tissue, and other lifestyle factors in making his recommendations for your most optimum implant choices. In some cases, patients may choose fat transfer to augment the breasts rather than implants. A comprehensive consultation with Dr. Stile can help you decide on the best options for you.


*Individual Results May Vary

How Long After Breast Augmentation Can I Swim?

The recovery timeline for each patient often differs based on your body’s ability to heal. Planning for your big swimsuit reveal after having breast implants should account for when it’s safest for you to get in the water as well as caring for your healing incisions in the sun. Dr. Stile frequently uses a small incision around the bottom curve of the areola to insert the implants, which is easily covered by most swimsuits. If the incision is at the inframammary fold or hidden in the armpit, having sunscreen of at least SPF 30 or higher is recommended to protect this sensitive skin. There are also silicone-based scar gels to help protect and heal incisions into thin, barely-noticeable scars.

During the first 1-2 weeks, you likely won’t feel up to much more than light activity, such as walking or light errands. Patients typically return to work around 2 weeks and slowly reintegrate light-to-moderate exercise into their routines around this time. Depending on your healing progress, Dr. Stile will clear you for more strenuous exercise—including swimming—around 4 weeks after your procedure.


What Results Can I Expect After Breast Augmentation?

It’s normal to experience swelling and discomfort as you get used to the new shape, size, and weight of your enhanced breasts, and it can take several months for the implants to settle into their final position. You’ll begin to feel like yourself again much sooner than that, however, and can be ready to show off your beach body in as little as 4 weeks. Best of all, you can display your confidence and enjoy creating new memories with your friends and loved ones.

Take the First Step

Please fill out the form on this page to request an in-person consultation and one of our knowledgeable medical staff members at Stile Aesthetics will reach out to you promptly. You can also call our office directly at (702) 243-9555.

Stile Aesthetics serves Las Vegas, NV & Surrounding Areas.

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