Updated for 2019

woman in red bikini on beach

With a fall as moderate as California’s, you’re bound to want to spend at least a little time by the pool or on the beach straight up until Halloween.

While breast augmentation may have helped you gain some body confidence and feel comfortable donning bikinis and beachwear, how long should you wait before swimming or tanning?

It goes without saying that swimming and tanning aren’t wise immediately after breast augmentation, but by following Dr. Kolder’s advice, you needn’t be out of the water for too long.

Swimming after Breast Augmentation

Assuming you’ve been following the post-surgical instructions Dr. Kolder has provided, you should be okay to swim around 6 weeks after breast augmentation. This estimate changes depending on other factors, like if you combined breast augmentation with additional procedures.

It’s usually best practice to make sure you dry your swimsuit and your top half thoroughly when you get out of the water, to avoid your breasts being damp for too long.

If you’re not ready for swimming or tanning after breast augmentation, you can still enjoy relaxing in the shade with adequate sun protection.

Tanning after Breast Augmentation

When you’re on the beach or by the pool, the easiest way to dry off after a swim is to lie in the sun and tan a little, right? While this may be true, you shouldn’t be tanning too early on in breast augmentation recovery.

It can take up to a year for your scars to be ready for sun exposure and until they are, you should keep them covered and use sunblock. As a guide, once your breast augmentation scars are flat and pale, you should be okay to tan, but it’s always best to consult with Dr. Kolder if you have any concerns.

Dr. Daniel G. Kolder

Board Certified Plastic Sergeon

As a highly trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Kolder’s specialties include:
Tummy Tucks + Liposuction + Breast Augmentation + Breast Lifts + Breast Reduction + Facelifts + Armlifts + Upper & Lower Blepharoplasty, as well as a variety of non-surgical aesthetic procedures. Dr. Kolder is also known to have a warm, easy manner, compassionate care, with surgical results that are beautiful and natural.

See Below Dr. Kolder’s Procedure Videos.

Patient Testimonial

“I was so pleased I chose to go to Dr Kolder! Not only do I love his staff, they are so helpful, efficient and just plain fun to talk to, Dr. Kolder makes you feel at ease with his knowledge and disposition. My surgery results were amazing and my recovery was made easy knowing I could call any time and get immediate attention and information. I highly recommend Dr. Kolder and his entire staff…”