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Exercises to Keep Breasts Perky at Home

While a breast lift procedure can help you achieve the aesthetic you desire for many years, the results may not last a lifetime. As you age, deteriorating collagen levels in the skin and the effects of gravity can change the shape of your breasts — even after a breast lift procedure. 

However, you can achieve longer-lasting results if you maintain your weight and pursue a healthy lifestyle. For many reasons, having a set exercise routine is part of living well, and it can have positive effects on every part of your body. In fact, certain exercises can help you maintain the perkiness of your breasts over time.

While exercise alone isn’t enough to lift your breasts, building your pectoral muscles can help give your breasts a perkier appearance.

See a few physician-recommended exercises that you can do after your breast lift to keep your pecs in shape and your breasts looking lifted.

Stay Safe

If you have recently had a breast lift or other surgical procedure, consult your physician before performing any of these exercises. Most people can begin performing normal exercise 4-6 weeks after surgery, but everyone heals differently. Your physician will provide you with a detailed set of instructions that is tailored to your particular procedure, progress, and health history.

Chest Press

When you think of working your chest muscles, you might immediately think of the chest press — and for good reason. This classic weight-bearing exercise is perfect for building your pectorals.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Lay back on a bench with your feet flat on the floor, chest facing upward and with a dumbbell in each hand. Brace your core before beginning the movement. 
  2. Bend your arms so that your elbows are pointed down towards the floor and you are holding the weights to either side of your chest, even with your body.
  3. Press the weights upwards to straighten your arms. Lower and repeat.

Modification tip: Don’t have a bench? Lay on the ground and raise your body by contracting your glutes to get into a bridge position; this will give your arms some additional range-of-motion. This approach can serve as an alternative when you find yourself working out while traveling or away from the gym. A stability ball can also be a good bench substitute, while also giving your core some extra conditioning.

Chest Fly

Like the chest press, the chest fly also targets your pecs. This is an essential move for keeping your breasts looking perky for years to come.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Lay back on a bench (or stability ball or get into bridge position) with your feet flat on the floor. Your chest should be facing upward and you should have a dumbbell in each hand. Brace your core before beginning the movement. 
  2. With your arms extended out from your body, parallel to the floor and elbows slightly bent, bend your arms back toward the floor. Lower dumbbells until they are even with your chest.
  3. Move your arms back upward until they are straight above you. Repeat.

Pullovers

This simple move works your pectoral muscles holistically and, as a bonus, also works several muscles in the back to help give you a sculpted look.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Lay back on a bench (or stability ball or get into bridge position) with your feet flat on the floor. Your chest should be facing upward and you should have a single dumbbell held by both hands. Brace your core before beginning the movement. 
  2. Starting with your arms extended above your head, slowly lower them behind your head in an arc. Keep your arms straight during the movement, and lower the dumbbell until your biceps are next to your ears. 
  3. Slowly raise the dumbbell back over your face. Repeat.

Push-Ups

Want a bodyweight-only exercise that you can perform on-the-go? Luckily, tried-and-true push-ups are one of the best exercises for maintaining a pert chest.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Get into a high plank, placing your hands on the ground just slightly wider than your shoulders.
  2. Lower your arms so your elbows are close to your ribs. Pull in your core to maintain a straight back from neck to feet. 
  3. Once your chest is close to the ground, push yourself back up. Repeat.

Bonus Tip: Wear a Supportive Bra

Wearing a supportive bra that fits well will help you maintain the perkiness of your breasts post-procedure. This is especially important when exercising. Excessive breast movement, such as the extreme upward-downward motion that occurs when jumping during high impact exercise routines, can stretch the skin. This stretching can undo the lifting effects of a breast lift over time.

Learn More

If you’re interested in learning more about breast lift surgery, contact Dr. Anous to schedule a consultation.