Exercising After Cosmetic Surgery: Top Tips on How to Get Back in the Game Safely
Though cosmetic surgery is an option some choose to help reach their weight goals, an unhealthy lifestyle can lead to undoing the good that it has done. That means you’ll want to restart your workout regimen as soon as you possibly can! But when is a good time to jump back on the workout train? And how can you make sure you don’t hurt yourself by doing too much, too soon? Here are just a few tips to make sure your recovery transition is as smooth as possible.
Tip 1: Don’t Start Too Soon
One major mistake that many make is starting their workout regimen too soon after the procedure. Though you can start normal everyday activities as soon as just a few days post-surgery, it is crucial to give your body time to heal. You may need to give yourself at least two days before resuming any physical activity whatsoever, and as long as six weeks before you commence a real workout regimen. This will allow all sutures to heal and any bruising to subside.
Tip 2: Start Light Aerobic Exercises Early On In Recovery
Though your first few days after surgery should be spent in full Rest, Relaxation, and Recovery mode, by day 3, you should be ready to begin some light aerobic exercises. At this point, you may start walking short distances and even using the treadmill to start priming your body and stretching out. In fact, it’s crucial that you start this process early so you do not develop blood clots as a result of inactivity.
With that said, make sure you listen to your doctor and follow the directions they set before you. Not all body types are the same, and not all procedures will have the same recovery timeline. Don’t start this step until you feel ready and your doctor deems it safe to proceed!
Tip 3: Wait Longer for High Intensity Workouts
If you are looking forward to lifting weights or high stress aerobic workouts, – like running or biking – don’t get too excited. These types of workouts are strictly prohibited until late in the recovery process (for some, this can mean 6 weeks or longer). Workouts such as these can cause major complications, opening wounds and endangering your health in the process. As a placeholder, continue working on light aerobic exercises, slowly incrementing speed and level of stress as you go along. Let this process play out and make sure you don’t push yourself too hard. It may be frustrating, but taking it slow is the best thing for your body when it comes to exercising after liposuction.
Tip 4: Don’t Neglect Your Diet While In Recovery
After liposuction, many believe that dieting is no longer needed; this, of course, is a myth. Though liposuction can permanently destroy fat cells in affected areas, this does nothing for other parts of your body – meaning it’s more important than ever to maintain a healthy diet. Don’t let the success of your surgery lure you away from healthy habits that you’ve built up in the past! Continue exercising – as your body allows – and make sure that you keep a healthy diet, so you can avoid turning that procedure into an expensive mistake.
Tip 5: Listen to your Body (and your Doctor)
Perhaps the most crucial tip of all is this: listen to your body when in recovery. Everyone heals at different speeds and in different ways, and the timeline laid out here may not necessarily be the one you need to follow. If you notice pains when you make certain movements, or realize that a certain activity causes undue stress on the affected area than others, then it might be time to ease up for a while. The worst thing that you can do when recovering from a traumatic event such as surgery – even a minimally invasive one like liposuction – is push yourself too hard. This is how injuries happen, and is a great way to send you right back to the doctor’s office.
Though these are good guidelines to follow, if you have any further questions about your cosmetic surgery recovery, call your doctor today. They will guide you down the road to recovery and make sure your exercise habits are healthy for your body.
About the Author
Tyler Fleck is a health blogger who has written for a variety of doctors, physical therapy clinics, and more. Currently, he writes for Dr. Seiger of the Skin and Vein clinic. For all questions about cosmetic surgery, click here!