Determining Your Exercise Timeline after Plastic Surgery
By Constance M. Barone, M.D. on February 14, 2017
After undergoing body plastic surgery, many patients want to return to their exercise routine so you can make the results of their cosmetic treatment last. However, not allowing adequate recovery time can do more harm than good. Dr. Constance M. Barone provides you with an estimated exercise timeline after plastic surgery when you meet with her for a consultation at our San Antonio, TX cosmetic practice. By following her guidelines, you can safely return to your exercise routine without causing any damage.
First Few Days Post-surgery
You will feel most sore in the first few days after your surgery. You should get plenty of rest during this time. After one to two days, however, Dr. Barone recommends light activities, such as walking. This will improve blood circulation and prevent blood clots.
One to Two Weeks Post-surgery
Most patients can return to work within one to two weeks, but heavy lifting and other strenuous exercises are discouraged. You can increase your light activity during this time by increasing your pace or adding length to your walks.
Three to Four Weeks Post-surgery
At three to four weeks post-surgery, you can expect to begin returning to a more normal exercise routine. Dr. Barone may clear you to begin cardio, such as cycling, swimming, or running. At this point, the primary limitations on your exercise routine depend on which body parts were affected by your surgery.
One and a Half to Two Months Post-surgery
Generally, after one and a half to two months (or six to eight weeks), most patients have healed enough to return to a normal exercise routine. You may be able to return to weight lifting and other moderate exercises. Dr. Barone will let you know when you are cleared to return to heavy lifting and other strenuous exercises, which usually happens by week eight.
Body Plastic Surgery Procedures
It is important to keep in mind that the type of surgery you undergo will dictate when you can return to activities. It may also affect the types of exercises you can do. If you have an arm lift done, for example, you can probably return to running or cycling sooner than you can return to weight lifting.
A thigh lift may keep you from running or cycling longer, but you can focus on upper body exercises while continuing to walk. With most breast procedures, patients need to avoid heavy lifting, as well as bending over, for a more extended period of time. Certain cardio activities like running should also be delayed.
Learn More about How Plastic Surgery Will Impact Your Exercise Routine
Dr. Barone provides all our patients with detailed post-surgical guidelines. By following these guidelines, you can have a faster and more successful recovery. We are also available to answer any questions you may have throughout the recovery process. Contact our plastic surgery center today to set up your consultation with Dr. Barone.
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