Safe Workouts after Plastic Surgery
Regular physical activity improves your health and your way of life, so it’s essential that you work out as much as possible. If you’re one of those people, who spend hours at the gym or jogging outside every day, taking a break after plastic surgery may be difficult to handle. Nevertheless, it’s essential that you let your scar(s) heal and your body recover from the procedure. Plastic surgery may jeopardize your health as well, so depending on the type of process you’ve undergone, you’ll need to rest from 3 to 8 weeks before you can go back to your regular training.
All the muscles and the vessels in your body are tightly connected, which is why you need to rest after you’ve had plastic surgery, no matter the procedure. While it may seem that you do not use your face to pump up the muscles in your legs, any intense workout will cause your heart to race, making the blood flow faster throughout your body, which will consequently prevent your body from healing properly. In the first four weeks after the procedure, you should rest to avoid damaging delicate blood vessels and prevent further complication. Light housework is allowed in the first week or two but waits for at least two more weeks for more strenuous activities.
Considering that abdominoplasty concerns the repair of muscle tissue, you’ll need to rest all the way until your stitches are fully healed. Forget about core training exercises, and avoid even light activities in the first four weeks of recovery. Consider taking light walks in the first two weeks, post-surgery, but don’t forget to wear a compression garment. You can do light cardiovascular exercises after six weeks, such as cycling or spending some time on the elliptical, before you go back to your regular training routine.
Any exercise that requires using your upper body is strictly prohibited in the first four weeks. Forget about sit-ups, push-ups, and any resistance training. Try not to cause any stress to your upper body, so avoid jumping as well as strenuous cardio workout. Light walks are allowed a week after the surgery, but only after a month should help you talk to your doctor about gradually going back to your regular workout routine. However, while you shouldn’t stress your upper body, you may dedicate some time to lower body exercises. Lunges and squats are recommended, as is walking.
Unlike many invasive cosmetic procedures, non-invasive body sculpting doesn’t require a resting period. This means you can be physically active even hours after the process. However, some patients may experience bruising or slight swelling, so you should probably avoid swimming if it will make you feel self-conscious. While you may feel numbness, sensitivity or some tingling several days after the procedure, it will not prevent you from doing your regular workouts.
When it comes to liposuction, the recovery time varies from person to person. Light exercise such as stationary cycling and walking is recommended three weeks post-surgery, but you should discuss the type of training that is good for you, with your doctor. Don’t expect to go back to your usual workout routine in the first five weeks after the surgery, to avoid any swelling. You should ease into resistance exercises slowly, and make sure you turn to your doctor if you experience any drainage, discomfort or pain.
Plastic surgery is a dangerous procedure that can cause various complications and sometimes compromise your health. While you may be a workout junky, it’s essential that you let your body heal in its own time, if you don’t want to cause scarring, bleeding, bruises or even infections. Patience is a virtue, so do your best to follow the doctor’s orders and go back to your exercises when they say you’re ready.
by Diana Smith