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Frequently Asked Questions About The Chrysalis Method

Will this program go against what my surgeon tells me?

  • Never. The program we recommend has been approved as a safe and effective way to enhance the recovery period after a breast surgery. But we never want our advice to override what your surgeon has told you. Each woman and each surgery are different, but as a general rule, the recommendations that are a part of The Chrysalis Method are safe and effective. We are happy to communicate with your surgeon if your case has special circumstances so that we can ensure you have a safe and productive experience. 

How does the program work?

  • Each week, you will receive an email with instructions and videos on the types of movements you should be doing at that point in your recovery. We also offer nutritional advice and provide recipes designed to help your body recover as quickly as possible. As a member, you will have access to an online member forum as well as weekly communication from our founder, Lauren Simpson, DPT. 

Can I participate in Chrysalis if I've had a mommy makeover or multiple surgeries at once?

  • Each person's surgical experience is unique and the answer to this question will depend on exactly which combination of surgeries you had performed. For example, if you had a lift and augmentation (mastopexy + augmentation mammoplasty) you can absolutely still participate in Chrysalis. If you had a tummy tuck combined with any breast surgery, you most likely would not be able to participate in the lower body movements for additional weeks compared to someone who only had surgery performed in the breast region. Another example is a facial surgery combined with breast surgery and again, this would be surgeon specific. Most facial surgeries have increased restrictions. Chrysalis would still be beneficial for this combination of surgeries, but the movements may need to start a few weeks later compared to immediately after surgery. The last most common surgery combination is a breast surgery with liposuction in any part of the body. The restrictions for lipo will depend on the area. If the incisions are in the legs, surgeons may have greater restrictions. Usually, surgeons are comfortable with participation in Chrysalis after lipo due to the conservative nature of the lower body movements in the first 4 weeks.

Is Chrysalis a weight loss program?

  • No. Chrysalis is not meant to be a weight loss program. Due to the low intensity of the movements that are necessary post-operatively, the program is not designed for weight loss. Weight loss, however is a common side effect in the later weeks as the movements increase and participants gain discipline from meal preparation and proper nutrition. But this is not the intended purpose of the program.

What if I have questions midway through the program? 

  • We are here for you. All you have to do is email us at and we will respond as soon as possible. We have dietitians and other medical personnel available should your question be about nutrition or surgical issues. Our members-only forum will also be a great resource to hear from other women who have maybe had the same questions you have. 

What is the cost?

  • The cost of the Chrysalis program is now FREE! Instead of paying for the program, we ask that if you are able, you make a donation in any amount you see fit regarding the value you see in the program. A portion of the donation proceeds will be given to The American Cancer Society. 

What does The Chrysalis Method include?

  • The Chrysalis program includes 9 weeks of videos including movements and exercises,  recipes and emotional guidance. The membership also includes full access to our members-only portal which has additional recipes, videos and a searchable,  forum full of valuable information and experiences of the women who have gone before you. If you need the equipment to purchase, you can find the kit here or similar items on Amazon. 

When should I sign up?

  • Ideally, women should join the program at least a week before surgery to ensure there is time to properly prepare for surgery and recovery. But the program is designed to be effective even if you start after your surgery date. 

Will my participation be kept confidential? 

  • Yes. 

What if I want to share my experience on social media? 

  • We encourage you to share your experience on social channels. Please tag us when you do, so that we can thank you for sharing your story. 

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