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How to Exercise Safely After Plastic Surgery

Exercising is among the most important aspects of lives of patients that are recovering from plastic surgery. However, they have to make sure not to jeopardize their results, since exercising is closely connected with plastic surgery and can either improve the results dramatically or ruin them completely if not performed the right way and at the right time. And while every single patient is different, there are some general and basic tips that apply to everyone.

How to Exercise Safely After Plastic Surgery

The general time limit

Regardless of how they are feeling, patients should avoid being active for the first 48 hours after the surgery. During the first few weeks, they can start gradually increasing the level of their activities. Depending on the type of surgery, it takes approximately one to three weeks for energy levels to return to their regular state. Patients who are feeling pressured to start exercising again, are allowed to do light cardio exercises such as walking on the street or slowly on a treadmill. The main thing is to keep the heart rate at an optimal level.

Exercising after breast augmentation surgery

The most important thing is not to overuse the pectoral muscles. Since the majority of implants are now being placed underneath them, they need a certain time to heal. The reason for this is the capsule that will start forming around the pocket that holds the implant right after surgery. This is just a way our bodies protect us against unknown objects.

In other words, patients should avoid lifting anything over 10 pounds, pulling or pushing heavily and weight training for at least four weeks. This also includes exercises that involve the back and chest, such as pull-ups, push-ups, Pilates, dips and certain yoga poses that rely on balancing with your arms. Golf, tennis and the elliptical are also off limits.

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Exercising after mastopexy

Patients that went through a breast lift are encouraged to get back to exercising and an active lifestyle. However, their body also needs a certain time to heal. It is recommended to do lower body exercises, it is allowed to do body weight squats and lunges, and it is a good choice to use a stationary bicycle or the elliptical without arm attachments. 

Exercising after breast reduction

Patients who went through breast reduction usually feel anxious about exercising due to all the limitations they had because of their previous breast size. However, after a healing period, they are encouraged to perform lower body exercises and body weight lounges and squats. Low impact cardio is also recommended such as stationary bike, walking and elliptical without arm attachments.

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Exercising after liposuction and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)

While the recovery period for liposuction is approximately three weeks, for a tummy tuck it is longer because of the muscle repair that is involved. After the recovery period, liposuction patients will be instructed to begin with light cardio, and later they will be required to wear compression garments to minimise swelling and guide skin retraction. A week later, they will be able to include running and weight lifting to their routines.

Tummy tuck patients will have to wait four weeks before even beginning with light cardio. Once they are able to perform a moderate level of cardio, they will be instructed do to light resistance training and in the end – core work. It can take up to 10 weeks before a patient is allowed to do a single sit-up, crunch or any kind of twisting movement.

However, patients who are considering doing body sculpting, but are too afraid of pain and a long recovery period should try coolsculpting in Perth – a non-invasive method which is completely painless and followed with just 2 or 3 days of mild discomfort.

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Exercising after facelift, eyelid lift or eyebrow lift

Facial rejuvenation patients should refrain from activities that increase their blood pressure and heart rate for at least 4 weeks, since these procedures involve operating underneath the skin where tons of tiny blood vessels lay. After these 4 weeks, patients can start off with light cardio and progress  onto more vigorous workouts over the next 2 weeks.

However, regardless to all of online tips, plastic surgery patients should always primarily consult with their doctors about their every concern – even exercising.

As an extra note, I recently came across a great resource, an encyclopedia of surgical terms that is always being kept up to date, I urge you to check it out!